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Honey bee health in England and Wales: risk, policy and regulation

Honey bee health in England and Wales: risk, policy and regulation

Outhwaite, Opi (2010) Honey bee health in England and Wales: risk, policy and regulation. Working Paper. University of Greenwich.

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Concern over the decline in honey bee populations, and in pollinators generally, has provoked scientific and policy responses aimed at understanding better the nature of the problem and at responding to identified risks in order to halt these population declines. Law and regulation has, in turn, an important role to play in the management of risks to honey bee health. Ensuring that legal restrictions and regulatory controls are appropriately aligned with risk factors and policy objectives is necessary if the corresponding threats to honey bee health are to be successfully tackled. This paper firstly discusses the documented problem of honey bee declines focusing particularly on the threats posed by relevant pests and diseases. Secondly key features of the relevant legal and policy frameworks for honey bee health are summarised. Finally the limitations of this framework are analysed in terms of the ability to respond adequately to pest and disease risks and to achieve honey bee protection objectives as specified in the Healthy Bees Plan (Defra: 2009). In particular difficulties associated with beekeeper registration, biosecurity controls for hive products, and inconsistencies between identified risks, policy objectives and legal responses, are discussed.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: Paper presented at the "Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference", University of Southampton, 13-16 September 2010.
Uncontrolled Keywords: honeybees, conservation, environmental law, biosecurity
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:35

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