|Task Forces are cross discipline, short-term, project-oriented groupings designed to accomplish specific task(s). NAPPC partners will have the opportunity to provide input into groups on which they do not serve. New Task Forces will be created as needed.
The Task Forces are made up of disparate, interested parties who work to accomplish one specific pollinator related task.
List of Task Forces and Descriptions from 2012:
Agriculture- Create and distribute simple pollinator information handout for use at farmers markets and ensure that farmer-rancher profiles are on NAPPC website.
View the Agriculture Task Force Page by clicking here.
Bat- Create tri-national pollinating bat brochures and create a White Paper committee.
Bee Competition – Compile a list of peer reviewed publications. Work to develop a complete resource outlining native bee and honey bee interactions.
Bombus- Work with IUCN and other programs to support bumble bees and to expand on and publish the Bombus White Paper.
S.H.A.R.E. – Develop outreach for land managers, gardeners, and farmers to Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment (S.H.A.R.E.). This Task Force will work in collaboration with the C.E.O. Task Force.
Citizen, Education and Outreach (C.E.O.) - Create and support monitoring via citizen science; disseminate the BeeSmart™ School Garden Kit, Nature’s Partner’s Curriculum; the BeeSmart™ Pollinator Gardener App; and look for speaking opportunities.
Faith Community- Connect organized communities of all faiths to pollinator friendly practices at churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples.
Honey Bee Health- Award research grants if funding is secured. Create accurate web based resource on Honey Bee Health.
View the Honey Bee Health Task Force Page by clicking here.
International- Determine ways Mexico, Canada, and US can work through NAFTA, IUBS, ICPPR, IPI, CBD, and other agreements to solidify pollinator importation policies, and other trade related support for pollinators.
Pesticides- Develop curriculum for professional applicators, disseminate brochures already prepared, and provide updates on SETAC Pellston and European collaboration.
If you have not attended a previous NAPPC meeting, you should note:
First, the emphasis is on the work of NAPPC Task Forces, each of which has a specific charge agreed upon before the Conference. Since the NAPPC Task Force format has been responsible for many of NAPPC’s successful endeavors, the Steering Committee has determined that Task Force activity is the highest priority when we meet. Therefore, Task Forces will meet twice: once on Thursday and once on Friday (Agenda).
During these two sessions, your Task Force will envision your completed project and work through the steps to get there. You will be asked to commit to at least one aspect in the completion of this project. The idea is to diversify the input, mobilize maximum impact, and to spread the work over many participants. You will be encouraged to set realistic time frames and through consistent, collaborative communication and effort, the Task Force will achieve its mission.
This year, 100 personally invited professionals from multiple disciplines will form NAPPC. Not all NAPPC participants share exact perspectives and approaches, but when we assemble as a NAPPC collaborative, we put aside personal and organizational agendas, we respect differing points of view and we seek to find areas of commonality in order to increase broad-based progress for pollinators. You will see we have Republican and Democrat, Science and Industry, Agriculture and the Environment, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Panama, Columbia, Peru, and the US, working side by side.
Your personal contribution will make a huge difference to the future of our planet. In fact, this collaboration already reflects a very positive beginning. Together, this unique gathering of organizations from the scientific, nonprofit, government and business worlds is strategically addressing the pollinator issue from all fronts. We are nurturing a global, public constituency actively engaged in pollinator conservation to imbue the next generation with the principles of sustainable ecosystems.