A pact for pollinator adaptation to climate change
3,236,857.00 eur
total budget
1,942,114.20 eur
EU contribution
Euphydryas aurinia © Marco Bonifacino

LIFE BEEadapt project

Climate change has multiple implicationsfor organisms’ phenology, causing desynchronizations between pollinators and flowering periods that affect many pollinators’ populations and distribution. There is increasing evidence that climate change trends (especially when combined with other pressures) may increase extinction risk of several pollinator species, locally and globally threatening ecosystems resilience, rural economy and food security.

A study by Duchenne et al. (2020) [in 15], which considered 2027 European insect species, highlighted how most pollinating insects anticipated their activity period by nearly a week in response to climate change, with a 6-day anticipated flight over the last 60 years and their flight duration decreased by 2 days.

LIFE BEEadapt puts pollinators at the heart of the design of adaptation measures, by enhancing connectivity planning at national, regional and local scale through a set of governance, programming, implementation, and environmental tools that preserve/increase areas with heterogeneous geophysical characteristics and vegetation structure (instead of addressing only land-use change impacts, as many conservation strategies and agro-environmental schemes do), finally improving the climate resilience of territories. The project will carry out demonstrations actions in 5 italian target areas different morphology, land uses and management assets.

LIFE BEEadapt is a project co-funded by by the European Commission through the LIFE program, under the subprogram geared toward climate adaptation actions. The project started on September 1, 2022 and will run for 48 months.

The regions and related areas covered by LIFE BEEadapt are:
  • Toscana ed Emilia Romagna
    • Appennino tosco-emiliano National Park
  • Marche
    • State Natural Reserve “Montagna di Torricchio”
  • Lazio
    • Protected areas in Rome under the management of RomaNatura
    • Agro Pontino (Pontine Plain)
    • Municipality of Aprilia
Lycaena thersamon © Marco Bonifacino

Specific objectives

Homogenous and fragmented landscapes worsen climate change impacts on pollinators, preventing their adaptation to changing conditions. This calls for climate adaptation measures that enhance landscape connectivity and habitat heterogeneity at multiple spatial scales, locally increasing the variety of micro-climatic conditions.

This is the aim issued by LIFE BEEadapt which act through 4 specific goals:


Provide an Abacus of practices to design pollinators-oriented Green Infrastructure (GI) in rural, peri-urban and urban areas.


Create a governance model improving public bodies’ administrative capacity on adaptation and involving farmers in GI design and management.


Activate a Technical Board to establish criteria for the payment of pollination-related ecosystem services and the inclusion of pollinators-oriented measures in planning tools, for replication of project results.


Transfer to selected areas a Protocol for pollinators-friendly adaptation, and disseminate it in Italy and beyond.


Coordinating beneficiary
LIFE21-CCA-IT-LIFE BEEadapt/101074591