European Centre for
Integrated Pest Management

  • EC Directives on the safety of marketed pesticides and on their sustainable use in farming have been brought under the umbrella of the ‘Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides’, creating a policy framework for the gradual decrease of pesticide use in agriculture.
  • However, the European Parliament recognises that as internal food security becomes an increasingly important factor in the EU, any decreases in pesticide use must be achieved without a decrease in farm income or in farm productivity.
  • The development and promotion of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) systems is at the core of the EU's approach to decreasing pesticide use.
  • The challenge of maintaining or increasing food production with fewer pesticides, will require more expenditure on R & D to develop cost-effective, whole-farm IPM solutions.
  • These developments in EU policy re-focus attention on IPM and offer an opportunity for EUCIPM to make a contribution to local, national and European sustainable farming, through the development and promotion of IPM component technologies and systems.
  • The EUCIPM advocates for an approach to IPM Research and development which places more emphasis on applied research, more attention to economic viability, which takes a systems approach, rather than addressing individual pest problems and which incorporates knowledge transfer, participatory R & D and wider stakeholder engagement in the whole R & D cycle, from needs assessment to on-farm research.
  • To increase the range of IPM tools available, an enabling policy environment will be required to encourage commercial development of biopesticides and other alternatives to conventional pesticides and to promote their adoption by European farmers. For the foreseeable future, biological control options are likely to be adopted as component technologies, integrated with the more environmentally benign chemical pesticides.