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  • Stakeholders' Conference on the Development of a Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of

    Pesticides

    Brussels - November 4, 2002

    – Conference Proceedings –

  • Stakeholders Conference on the Development of a Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides

    Conference Report – December 12, 2002 p. 2/37

    Table of Contents

    Table of Contents ....................................................................................2

    Executive Summary.................................................................................3

    1. Introduction ...................................................................................7 1.1 The European Commission's Communication "Towards a Thematic Strategy on the

    Sustainable Use of Pesticides" ...................................................................... 7 1.2 Objectives of the Stakeholders’ Conference .................................................... 8

    2. Conference proceedings .................................................................9 2.1 Plenary session .......................................................................................... 9

    2.1.1 Introduction: Issues, Context, Process................................................. 9 2.1.2 Stakeholders presentations: Experiences, Issues, options..................... 10 2.1.3 Questions and answers.................................................................... 14

    2.2 Breakout group discussions........................................................................ 15 2.2.1 Working Group I: Water Resources ................................................... 15

    Working Group I: Presentations .............................................................. 15 Working Group I: Discussion................................................................... 18

    2.2.2 Working Group II: Integrated Crop Management................................. 19 Working Group II: Presentations ............................................................. 19 Working Group II: Discussion ................................................................. 21

    2.2.3 Working Group III: National Plans for Hazard, Risk and Dependence Reduction................................................................................................ 23

    Working Group III: Presentations ............................................................ 23 Working Group III: Discussion ................................................................ 26

    2.3 Conclusions of the Conference.................................................................... 29 Conclusions of Working Group I: Water Resources ........................................ 29

    What Role for the thematic strategy? ....................................................... 29 Goals .................................................................................................. 29 Sources ............................................................................................... 29 Tools................................................................................................... 30 Incentives............................................................................................ 30

    2.3.2 Conclusions of Working Group II....................................................... 30 Discussion Items................................................................................... 30 IPM/ICM Common Standards .................................................................. 30 ICM and good farming practices .............................................................. 30 ICM and CAP ........................................................................................ 30 Substitution ......................................................................................... 31 Training............................................................................................... 31 Communication..................................................................................... 31 Research ............................................................................................. 31

    2.3.3 Conclusions of Working Group III...................................................... 31 National Plans on Risk Reduction ............................................................. 31 Monitoring and Indicators....................................................................... 31 Taxes and Levies .................................................................................. 32 Education and Training .......................................................................... 32 Obsolete Pesticides in CEE Countries........................................................ 32

    2.3.4 Closing Remarks............................................................................. 32

    Annex 1: Summary list of issues, instruments and initiatives for working group discussions ...............................................................................................................................................33

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  • Stakeholders Conference on the Development of a Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides

    Conference Report – December 12, 2002 p. 3/37

    Executive Summary

    The European Commission organised a conference to gather input from key stakeholders on the Development of a Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides. Commissioner for the Environment Margot Wallström opened the Conference, she highlighted the priorities and the process towards a Thematic Strategy on the sustainable use of plant protection products (PPP).

    Stakeholders gave their input on important issues pertaining to the Commission's Communication "Towards a Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides" during plenary sessions and three breakout groups sessions. The first working group addressed water resources, the second focussed on Integrated Crop Management (ICM), while the third group concentrated on national plans for hazard, risk and dependence reduction. This Executive Summary presents an overview of working group conclusions.

    – Working Group Conclusions: Common Views –

    Thematic Strategy

    • The objectives addressed in the Communication are relevant. • The thematic strategy should put emphasis on necessary co-ordination at all levels. • Clear attribution of responsibilities is needed in order to avoid duplication and/or

    confusion between different legislative frameworks (e.g., WFD and PPP). • All uses/sources of PPP should be addressed: agricultural and non-agricultural,

    professional and non-professional. • Proper uses and misuses have to be differentiated when identifying the source of PPP.

    Tools

    • Even within agricultural sources, identifying the (main) sources is a pre-requisite to developing a risk-reduction tool.

    • Identifying the appropriate level for tool definition and application is important. • A mix of tools should be used, depending on local conditions. • The toolbox must be kept sufficiently broad. • Best practices should be promoted at all levels, including EU level. • There is a need to look at substituting chemicals by non-chemical methods and practices

    and address all methods of risk reduction. • Certification of professional users, distributors, and equipment, is needed. • Minimum storage standards are needed.

    IPM / ICM

    • There is a necessity for an EU Policy framework on Integrated Crop Management /Integrated Pest Management (ICM/IPM) common standards.

    • EU harmonised guidelines/criteria on essential requirements for ICM/IPM. Common standards are necessary, taking into account regional/local aspects based on environmental and agricultural situations and international obligations e.g., WTO,…

    • Good farming practices are the basis (conformity with EU legislation) and could include some aspects of ICM.

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    • As ICM is knowledge-intensive, research is crucial. • There is a need for more research on ICM in general such as application techniques,

    modern technologies (e.g., precision farming), and extension to other prediction methods like early warning system,...

    • There is not enough knowledge on the interaction of different ICM tools. • ICM should be able to benefit from CAP support (agri-environment).

    National Plans

    • National Plans on risk reduction are useful, they should be developed in all Member States. They should be comprehensive, include a wide range of measures – network of mandatory and voluntary instruments – and economic incentives.

    • Studies at national level are needed to explore possibilities for use reduction. • Despite differences in MS North / South, there are many common problems and

    objectives. • Subsidiarity should apply. The role of EU can be modelled on the IPPC Directive: the EU

    provides a general framework and standards, and details are decided at Member State level.

    • Overall targets should be translated into s