Bach Kim Nguyen

Ashoka Fellow
Brussels, Belgium, Europe

IDÉE

Kim Nguyen est un scientifique qui redéfini le rôle des abeilles dans nos écosystèmes, passant de producteurs de miel à protecteurs de la biodiversité. Il promeut les abeilles en tant que ressource essentielle pour l’environnement et les êtres humains. Avec une méthode de consultance unique et un comité de conseil intégré, il offre des services et des conseils personnalisés pour l’ensemble des parties prenantes impliqués dans la valorisation des abeilles à grande échelle.

 

IMPACT

Il a atteint un taux de mortalité de 5% dans ses colonies alors que la moyenne des apiculteurs belges est de 30%. Le projet pilote de BeeOdiversity à Knokke-Heist a déjà été répliqué dans d’autres villes en Belgique, France et au Pays de Galles. 175 000 hectares sont pollinisés par les abeilles de BeeOdiversity chaque année en Belgique. En 2014, 70 colonies ont été installées. La méthode d’évaluation de Kim ainsi que son plan de gestion des abeilles a été répliqué dans 22 pays. Ses plus gros succès sont la semaine européenne de l’abeille (European BeeWeek), qui rassemble des scientifiques internationaux et présente leurs recherches au Parlement Européen depuis 2012, ainsi que la Journée Internationale de la Biodiversité. Celle-ci accueille des intervenants experts venant des 5 continents.

 

QUI EST-IL ?

Très jeune, Kim est directement rentré en contact avec l’agriculture et l’élevage durable grâce à ses grands-parents. Il a toujours été passionné par les animaux, plus particulièrement par les insectes. Il est la seule personne en Belgique à avoir rédigé une thèse universitaire sur les abeilles.

Related TopicsCivic Engagement, Citizen / community participation, Environment & Sustainability, Conservation / protection

Citation

This profile was prepared when Bach Kim Nguyen was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in .
The New Idea
Kim is redefining the role of bees in our ecosystems from honey producers to biodiversity protectors. Bees are viewed as honey producers whereas only one out of the 384 Belgian bee species produce honey. Kim is rethinking the whole model surrounding bees. Plant species are disappearing along with the bees, which currently pollinate 84% of European crop species, and this will have a direct impact on the way we eat and on the environment. Kim manages the bee population in a sustainable way so as to enable a proper management of the environment. He has reached a 5% mortality rate for the colony he handles, whereas the average Belgian beekeeper suffers from a 30% loss.

Kim repositions bees at the center of a two-fold monitoring system, in order to use them as early environmental alarms. The first step is to monitor their health and the causes of their mortality. He detects what puts them most at risk between the three mortality causes he identified, and he makes sure that biodiversity around hives will be sufficient during the entire year, and especially in winter when most colonies collapse. The second step to his approach is to take samples of the pollen collected by bees up to 700ha around a hive and analyze them in order to detect traces of over 500 different pesticides, heavy metals, and in order to evaluate the nutritive quality of plants and fruits. Both results are summed up in a dashboard, presented in the form of a radar graph, that shows the quality of a given environment and the risk zones for bee health in that same environment. On this basis, he empowers a team of teams of public authorities, companies, bee-keepers, farmers, and scientists to collectively take action at their own level for bee preservation and biodiversity.

Kim capitalizes on his vision and his actions to create a global citizen movement and raise awareness on the fact that bees are an essential resource for humans. He conducts a public campaign to raise awareness. His biggest achievements are the European BeeWeek, which unites international scientists and presents their findings at the European Parliament, and the International Day for Biodiversity that receives quality speakers from the 5 continents. This movement leans on a global scientific support, indeed Kim works closely with the academic world and he is part of various international experts groups.
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