March 4. 2024. 11:15

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Integrated pest management: A snapshot of action across the EU

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on managing pests through a combination of techniques applied in order of hierarchy to minimise the use of chemical plant protection products.

It is also an important part of the discussion on achieving the aim set out in the EU’s flagship food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy, to see the use and risk of pesticides reduced by 50% by 2030.

Although applying IPM principles is already a mandatory part of the sustainable use of pesticides directive, actions on IPM have been slow and support sorely lacking, according to the EU Court of Auditors, who concluded in February 2020 that there had been limited progress in measuring and reducing the associated risks.

In this special report, EURACTIV’s network takes a look at how successful the uptake of IPM practices has been across nine EU countries and what specific measures have been proposed to encourage the uptake of IPM.

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