Pathogens, weeds, and invertebrates cause significant cultivated plants losses worldwide. Plant protection is necessary to protect our crops. It makes its value and benefit evident for agriculture and forestry, as well as for horticulture, particularly by reducing yield losses and securing the quality of crops. It also provides a substantial overall benefit to society: contributes to securing business farms' incomes in agriculture, forestry and horticulture, and thus also to the securing of employment in rural areas. It is an important factor in enhancing the efficiency of crop production on open land and in securing the harmlessness of these products in terms of health.

The 2006 Thematic Strategy on the sustainable use of pesticides led to a new legislative framework for the approval and use of pesticides. As part of this strategy, Directive 2009/128/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council was adopted on 21 October (named SUD), establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides by reducing the risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment and promoting the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and of alternative approaches or techniques such as non-chemical alternatives to pesticides.

The EC has been closely following implementation of SUD at MSs level. Considerable progress has been made and nowadays all MSs have adopted their NAPs. Though, the assessment outcomes disclose MSs Implementation under the SUD indicates there is a huge diversity in their completeness and coverage and MSs should improve their plans, as for example, should include measurable targets, in order to provide a clear picture of the extent of SUD implementation.

Special interest and ambitions are focused on the application and assessment of IPM principles and of alternative approaches or techniques such as non-chemical alternatives to pesticides in order to reduce dependency on the use of pesticides. MSs have not yet set clear criteria in order to ensure that the general principles of IPM are implemented by all professional users. Compliance with the principles of IPM at individual grower level is not being systematically checked.

To continue moving towards the better implementation of sustainable use practices and directive provisions, training for the actors involved in developing policies and guidelines, control monitoring and reporting activities is addressed as key toll and a priority for the EC efforts.

The overall objectives of the BTSF Training Programme on Integrated Pest Management (SUD)  are:

  • Up-to-date with all aspects of the Directive 2009/128/EC, on Sustainable Use of Pesticides, with a focus on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) aiming at improving the understanding of the IPM concept and IPM schemes moving towards development of criteria for assessment of IPM implementation at farm level.
  • Specific objectives of the training:

    • To increase knowledge on the sustainable use of pesticides context and strategies.
    • To enhance the knowledge on associated legal framework and requirements with special focus in the specific measures and provisions for the IPM.
    • To increase the efficacy in the implementation National Action Plans (NAPs) measures.
    • To identify gaps, difficulties and challenges like the improvement of measurable targets.
    • To improve the knowledge and resources for the application and assessment of IPM principles.
    • To improve the compliance of IPM at individual grower level.

The course addresses the following topics:

  • Legal framework: requirements.
  • MSs compared implementation, strategies and measures, knowledge sharing, best practices.
  • Integrated Pest Management principles, practices and methods.
  • MSs approaches, knowledge exchange and best practices.
  • Integrated Pest Management systems and pest control methods for specific relevant crop/group according IPM Guidelines.
  • Integrated Pest Management assessment at farm level: practices, inspection procedures, check-lists.
  • Representatives from central competent authorities involved in developing policies, drafting instructions/guidelines at national level, including crop specific IPM guidelines, co-ordination of control and reporting activities.
  • Representatives from provincial/regional/local competent authorities involved in official controls at farm level (phytosanitary/plant protection authorities, paying agencies and/or control/certification bodies).
  • Representatives from research institutes, demonstration farms.
Session Start Date End Date City Country
1 27/06/2022 30/06/2022 Athens Greece
2 (postponed session) 12/09/2022 15/09/2022 Krakow Poland
3 17/10/2022 20/10/2022 Athens Greece
4 14/11/2022 17/11/2022 Malaga Spain
5 12/12/2022 15/12/2022 Delft The Netherlands
7 13/03/2023 16/03/2023 Malaga Spain
8 17/04/2023 20/04/2023 Bologna Italy
9 26/06/2023 29/06/2023 Berlin Germany
10 12/06/2023 15/06/2023 Toulouse France
11 16/10/2023 19/10/2023 Krakow Poland
12 21/11/2023 24/11/2023 Madrid Spain
13 11/12/2023 14/12/2023 Amsterdam The Netherlands
14 18/03/2024 21/03/2024; Bari Italy
15 06/05/2024 09/05/2024 Krakow Poland
16 17/06/2024 20/06/2024 Riga Latvia
Integrated pest management (SUD)