ESRAG INITIATIVE

Operation Pollination

Operation Pollination is a simple 7th Area of Focus Environmental Framework
— and growing Rotary “Movement “–
that enables and encourages Rotarians to engage in pollinator protection and education projects.

WHAT IS IT?

Operation Pollination

Operation Pollination is an inclusive framework that helps you recruit a diverse array of organizational partners willing to engage in the framework’s two goals: pollinator habitat restoration and education projects. While your Rotary District/Club can be the sole lead on this framework, If you happen to overlap with a National Heritage Area (in the USA), please ask if they have also signed a Pollinator Resolution. If they have, you can resign a joint Pollinator Resolution with your overlapping National Heritage Area.

POLLINATORS

Project Examples

The Monarch Sister Schools Project (MSPP) helps clubs, districts and schools design and implement monarch habitat gardens, creating a continental pathway so these vital pollinators can survive their epic migration from Mexico to Canada.

INITIATIVES

Objectives

Pollinators are essential for human food security, but their populations have fallen catastrophically under the combined assault of habitat loss, pesticides, and disease.

Rotarians worldwide are inspiring and equipping their communities to create pollinator habitats to help save and protect pollinators by signing a simple, non-binding Pollinator Resolution to show their concern for the state of pollinators. After signing a Resolution, these Districts/Clubs sign a simple Pollinator Pledge that is their call for action. Projects you do are based on your capacity and capability. No project is too big or too small. No judgment is ever made. Districts/Clubs have planted pollinator gardens, developed pollinator signs, and distributed seeds to others.

Pollinator projects are a perfect match for Rotary’s strengths: our talent for creating fun, community-wide service projects, our skill in building partnerships across every sector of society, and our District and international networks that make it easy to replicate effective projects. Pollinator gardens literally change the landscape, proving to communities that they have the power to protect the biodiversity we humans need to survive.

Resources

Visit our 3D virtual reality pollinator serenity garden.

What plants are native to your area? Find resources at:

Pollinator Partnership pollinator.org/guides

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation xerces.org/pollinator-resource-center

National Wildlife Federation nwf.org/nativeplantfinder

Monarch Joint Venture monarchjointventure.org/resources

Want to take action for pollinators?

Visit the Pollinator Task Force for more ideas on how to make an impact in your community.