The Bee Path Cities network emerged from two URBACT networks (BeePathNet and BeePathNet Reloaded). These ran from 2018 to 2022 engaging a total of nine EU cities in seeking to understand, adapt and re-use the inspiring ‘Bee Path’ practice of Ljubljana (Slovenia).
The independent Bee Path Cities network was launched in October 2022 to continue the exchange and learning opportunities for cities beyond URBACT support. It is now open to all urban authorities in Europe and across the world.
Bee Path Cities is a network of urban authorities that have come together under the shared vision of creating cities that are good for pollinators and therefore good for people.
We believe that there is much to be gained from exchange and learning between cities keen to take steps along the Bee Path towards more environmentally sustainable and healthy urban areas for all living beings.
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First regular online morning coffee of the Bee Path Cities network
The Bee Path Cities network first morning coffee took place on 15. 12. 2022 with the intention of giving potential new member cities basic information on Ljubljana’s urban beekeeping practice and experience on its transfer to 9 EU cities. We were joined by over 20 participants from several cities from Europe and even United States of Amerika; representing public administration institutions, education, research and other sectors. First Maruška Markovčič, Ljubljana BEE PATH Initiator and BeePathNet Reloaded Project Manager, from the City of Ljubljana, Slovenia, presented the transfer process and outlined the network operation.Next Vesna Erhart, network communication officer invited everybody to explore the network webpage www.urbact.eu/bees that contains several tools for new cities to implement urban beekeeping and transform to a more environmentally sustainable one. In the final part several questions popped up in discussion such as proper relation between honey bees and pollinators, urban area conservation, the importance of education, cooperation possibilities etc. The next coffee will take place early in the new year.
Declarations from the founding Bee Path Cities
Bees and all pollinators are our friends and indispensable companions throughout life. Let’s make sure that we can all live together in a healthy and green environment!
Mayor of the City of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Citizens and institutions ACT TOGETHER for a ’bee and pollinator’-friendly city.
Mayor of Bergamo, Italy
We created a form of ALTERNATIVE TOURISM and a powerful educational tool about biodiversity, sustainability and nutritional adequacy provided by pollinators in cities.
Mayor of the Municipality of Nea Propontida, Greece
We develop ways to support beekeeping and the entire economy focused around BEE PRODUCTS, but also community awareness to the importance of bees and their products.
José Luís Gaspar
Mayor of the Municipality of Amarante, Portugal
Bydgoszcz is not only taking into account the aspirations of civilisation, but also the importance of a city as a safe place for WILD NATURE.
Mayor of the City of Bydgoszcz, Poland
We all want to learn from Ljubljana and, of course, encourage Croatia to change the legal regulations regarding URBAN BEEKEEPING.
president of Osijek City Council, Croatia
It is not only a project which aims at the protection of bees, but also a transfer of KNOWLEDGE AND SOLUTIONS of the problems and challenges faced by beekeepers.
Mayor of Bansko Municipality, Bulgaria
A COLLECTIVE UNDERSTANDING of the meaning of “green and bee-friendly” has been built and will continue to be pursued.
Councillor for Environmental Sustainability of the City of Cesena, Italy
A green, friendly and SUSTAINABLE CITY with a strong system of parks and recreation facilities is our goal. The needs of the inhabitants are changing and so are our actions.
Mayor of Sosnowiec, Poland
Hegyvidék is addressing global and local environmental challenges from a different angle, while we could also involve and cooperate with the RESIDENTSin this process.
Mayor of Hegyvidék,
XII District of Budapest, Hungary
- Knowledge transfer - sharing information, ideas and initiatives for enhancing urban sustainability.
- Joint action - finding opportunities to fund common activities (in the form of local actions, information sharing, awareness-raising) and strengthening our movement around the world.
- Awareness raising - increasing public understanding of the connections between pollinator well-being and broader urban sustainability.
Bee Path Cities members
The founder of this network is Ljubljana (Slovenia).
Cities that so-far transferred Ljubljana’s good practice are highlighted on the map. Founding members are: Amarante (Portugal), Bansko (Bulgaria), Bergamo & Cesena (both Italy), Bydgoszcz & Sosnowiec (both Poland), Hegyvidek (Budapest, Hungary), Nea Propontida (Greece) and Osijek (Croatia).
Map of Bee Path Cities members is available HERE
How to join
Interested to know more? Read the Bee Path Cities Philosophy or Guidelines for Cities on evolving into a Bee Path city.
Or why not join our next regular online coffee morning? Get in touch to hear about our next activities.
Does your city support the Bee Path Cities philosophy? If so, join us today!
There are no membership fees or formal standards to meet. Cities that would like to join our network can simply complete the statement of interest, which will then be reviewed by the Bee Path Cities management board. Cities will be informed of the following steps needed to confirm membership in the network.
Tools and materials to evolve in to a Bee Path City:
- Evolving into a Bee Path City – short guidelines (EN, SI, BG, DE, EL, ES, FR, HR, HU, IT, PL, PT)*
- The evolution steps toward a Bee-friendly city – full guidelines (EN)
- Bee Path Cities Philosophy (EN, SI, BG, EL, FR, HR, HU, IT, PL, PT)
- Thematic newsletter library in several languages
- BeePathNet Reloaded final book (EN, SI)
- Final conference and international network launch
- More info on BeePathNet and BeePathNet Reloaded partnership
Comments: In addition to the English and Slovenian language version the short guidelines and the Bee Path Cities Philosophy will be available in several other EU languages by mid-December.