Beekeepers in Sardinia sound the alarm after wildfires have destroyed 500 hives and killed 30 million bees.
The bees bred in this area, in addition to the wild bees, are fundamental to the biodiversity and agriculture of the island and all of Europe.
"" We know that bees provide 76% of the pollination of food crops in Europe. Therefore, we can imagine what will happen if we lose these very important insects, "said Annalisa Columbu, president of the Italian environmental association Legambiente Sardegna.
A fundraising campaign called "Save the Queen" has been launched to help the beekeepers. They hope the campaign will help to repopulate the area by breeding bees.
"With 10 euros, those who participate in the campaign donate 3,000 bees; with 80 euros, 24,000 bees will find a home," added Columbu.
Now the regional government is urged to conduct a record of the damage caused in order to compensate farmers and beekeepers.
About 20,000 hectares of land were engulfed in flames, including olive groves, vineyards and farms.
The Cagliari Association of Agronomists estimates that the damage could amount to € 1 billion.
Agronomists and ecologists believe that the restoration of forests destroyed by fire will take at least 15 years.