Farmers setting pan traps for insect sampling

Farmers setting pan traps for insect sampling in Odisha

Currently, the distribution of pollinator diversity and abundance across India is poorly recorded but the information is essential if we are to determine the effects of agriculture on ecosystem service provision. To address this, the CPS has begun monitoring in two regions in Eastern India.

Long term monitoring (LTM) of pollinators has been established at a network of 15 sites in Tripura and 14 sites in Odisha.  In each region LTM sampling stations are located at 5 sites in areas dominated by extensive, intermediate and intensive farming.  The sampling is a combination of passive sampling by pan traps and by active observation of fixed focal plots.

The stations were set up by CPS staff who carried out the initial sampling and who are now training local farmers in sampling techniques, together the staff and the farming community will continue to build a database of pollinator trends at each site.