The policy perspective – How EU Member states promote IPM implementation ?

The Directive on the Sustainable use of pesticides (2009/128/EC) requires Member States to promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and low pesticide-input pest management. They shall describe in their National Action Plans how they ensure that the general principles of integrated pest management are implemented by all professional users.

The National Action Plans of a broad number of countries were analysed as to how the goals and measures contribute and actively promote IPM implementation at farm level. Several MS have set up networks of demonstration farms, initiated specific training courses on IPM for advisors and included IPM and information on biological and non-chemical alternatives in their professional training curricula. An analysis of national research programmes indicates future priorities which address research which will be conducive to IPM implementation such as breeding for resistance and resistance management, cropping system research, adaptation of threshold models, advanced decision support systems and biological control.

The presentation will describe in detail selected national initiatives to foster IPM uptake.

Silke Dachbrodt-Saaydeh - Julius Kühn-Institute, Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Stahnsdorfer Damm 81,D-14532 Kleinmachnow, Germany

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/ 2007-2013) under the grant agreement n°265865- PURE