Bees: The Gardeners of Nature

by Team TNF

Bee photo – Anokha Venugopal @photonokha
Bee images – Wikimedia Commons
Bee foraging video – Shiny Rehel, Keystone Foundation

Our founder-director, Pratim Roy, shares his insights on the critical role bees play in our ecosystem and their profound ecological significance in a climate-changed world. As we celebrate World Bee Day this month, it’s crucial to recognize the invaluable contributions of these tiny pollinators.

Honey bees, some of the smallest insects on Earth, are essential to life’s existence. Their daily activities help develop vast forests, create food sources, and assist farmers in increasing crop yields. As pollinators, bees are indispensable to our ecosystem. They not only support farm-grown fruits and vegetables but also aid in the survival of many wild plant species.

Bees contribute to the production of seeds, berries, and fruits that are vital food sources for wild animals, significantly supporting the interconnected ecosystem that allows a multitude of species to thrive. Without bees, our gardens would be bare, and our plates empty.

Pratim Roy is one of the founder-directors of Keystone Foundation, trained in ecology and environmental diplomacy. He is passionate about bees, water, wetlands, advocacy, and the politics of environmental change. His vision led to a collaboration with Cornell University, resulting in the Nilgiris Field Learning Center.