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Mitigating the Risks of Plant Protection Products in the Environment

This course is designed to familiarise with MAgPIE, a toolbox of risk mitigation measures with technical recommendations for a sustainable use of pesticides in agriculture.

Description

European countries have worked at increasing the level of environmental safety of the pesticides used in agriculture, and developed new tools or risk mitigation measures to complement the set of measures listed in the European regulation.
However, diversity of the risk mitigation measures developed and implemented throughout European countries, as well as the number of regulatory frameworks to which they relate, or with which they may overlap, raised several dubts as: Is the new measure supported by science? Is the measure practical enough to be easily implemented by farmers? Is the measure suitable for neighbouring countries and therefore does it support mutual recognition of authorizations?


MAgPIE is a toolbox of risk mitigation measures with technical recommendations provided for groundwater, surface water (including the protection of aquatic organisms), off-crop areas and in-crop areas. Each tool is described with regards to its level of implementation, technical description, regulatory status, inclusion in the good farming practices, economical considerations, options to measure its effectiveness, and finally, options to be taken into account into the regulatory risk assessment.


The aim of this online course is to provide a comprehensive view on the state of risk reduction and risk mitigation in cultivated landscapes and the result of the extensive discussions that took place over two workshops and 3 years of intensive work and data analysis by 95 experts and regulators from 24 European countries with a common objective: “translating science into applicable solutions to farmers for a safer use of pesticides for the environment. The target of the course is scientists, researchers and students interested in risk mitigation on pesticides use in the environment. However, also policy makers and environmental protection agencies may find useful and interesting information on this topic.

The e-book describing the MAgPIE toolbox can be purchased (for free) in the SETAC store clicking here.

Lessons
ProfessorChaptersTitles of the lessonsMaterials
Wolfgang Reinert
Wolfgang Reinert

Wolfgang Reinert is a Biologist and was trained in Soil Biology. He worked in research and advisory service for plant pathology and plant breeding. In 2002, he joined the unit in charge of approving active substances and placing plant protection products on the market at the European Commission. Wolfgang has led the sector for pesticide market placing since 2014.
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Objectives and regulatory context of risk mitigation measures applied to pesticides
Objectives and regulatory context of risk mitigation measures applied to pesticides

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Anne Alix
Anne Alix

Anne Alix is a senior scientist in the area of environmental risk assessment and risk management. She earned a Ph.D. in Biology and Integrated Pest Management in vegetable crops in 2000 at the University of Rennes in France. She joined the French National Institute on Research in Agronomy (INRA) as an ecotoxicologist in 2001, and served as the head of the Environment and Ecotoxicology unit at the French Agency on the Safety of Food (AFSSA, now ANSES). At the French Ministry of Agriculture, Anne linked risk assessment to risk management as the deputy head of the Section for Regulation and Placing Plant Protection Products on the Market, where she lead the implementation of risk mitigation measures for pesticides and post registration monitoring. Anne joined Dow AgroSciences in 2011, as their European Regulatory Risk Management Leader. She has worked with a number of expert groups to develop risk assessment methodologies in diverse environments, some through workshops such as such as ELink, Focus Landscape and Mitigation, and ESCORT 3, and through SETAC groups, such as the MODELINK workshop and the Environmental Monitoring Interest Group on Pesticides.
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Risk Mitigation Toolbox Process
Risk Mitigation Toolbox Process

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Gerhard Goerlitz
Gerhard Goerlitz

Gerhard Goerlitz studied Chemistry at the University Saarbrücken and went on to earn a Ph.D. at the Institute of Applied Physical Chemistry. Gerhard has worked from 1982 at Hoechst AG and its successor companies Agrevo and Aventis CropScience as an Analytical Chemist, Head of the Product Analysis Group, and Head of Analytics and Quality Management. In 2002 he became Head of Environmental Modeling at Bayer AG - Crop Science Division, located in Monheim, Germany. He started environmental modeling of plant protection products in the late 1980s and has since actively worked in this field. He has participated in several international projects including, COST66, EUFRAM, and ELINK. Since its foundation in 1994, he has been a member of the FOCUS Steering Committee. Presently, he chairs the ECPA Environmental Exposure Assessment Team (EEAT). He was involved in the EFSA project on emissions from protected crops as a Hearing Expert and participated in several stakeholder workshops on the topic.
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Risk Mitigation Groundwater & Drainage
Risk Mitigation Groundwater & Drainage

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Colin Brown
Colin Brown

Colin Brown is Professor of Environmental Science within the Environment Department at the University of York. He has more than 25 years' experience of research into the fate and effects of pesticides in the environment. Colin has advised the UK government on the environmental fate and behavior of pesticides through membership of the Advisory Committee on Pesticides and chairing its Environmental Panel. He has chaired the DG-Sanco FOCUS working group on Landscape and Mitigation Factors in Ecological Risk Assessment for Pesticides and Chairs the conference on Pesticide Behavior in Soils, Water, and Air held every four years in York.
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Runoff Mitigation
Runoff Mitigation

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Burkhard Golla
Burkhard Golla

Burkhard Golla is a senior research scientist at Julius Kühn-Institute (JKI), Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants, Germany. His research focuses on GIS-aided methods to evaluate the risks and benefits of pest and crop management strategies. He is particularly interested in spatially explicit exposure assessment of pesticides at landscape level.
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Risk Mitigation Tools – Off-field
Risk Mitigation Tools – Off-field

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Neil Mackay
Neil Mackay

Neil Mackay is a senior research scientist in the environmental safety assessment group of DuPont Crop Protection. Neil is active in strategic product development and regulatory exposure and risk assessment activities. His specific interests include aquatic risk assessment and the use and promotion of practical and effective drift mitigation strategies.
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Options for more effective and flexible spray drift mitigation
Options for more effective and flexible spray drift mitigation

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Véronique Poulsen
Véronique Poulsen

Véronique Poulsen has 20 years experience as an ecotoxicologist. She heads the Ecotoxicology and Environmental Fate Unit in the Regulated Products Assessment Department at ANSES (French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety). She obtained her Ph.D. in conducted research on aquatic microcosms at INERIS (National Institute of Industrial Environment and Risks), France. Her team of 30 ecotoxicologists and environmental risk assessors is in charge of the risk assessment of pesticides prior to their authorization. She has helped organize many EU and international workshops related to pesticide risk assessment methodology, topics that include aquatic macrophytes, bees, endocrine disruptors, non-target terrestrial plants, and ecosystem services and their regulation.
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Risk Mitigation Tools – In-field
Risk Mitigation Tools – In-field

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Katja Knauer
Katja Knauer

Katja Knauer works for the Federal Office for Agriculture in Switzerland and is in charge of the scientific evaluation of dossiers for the authorization of plant protection products and environmental risk management. She is further responsible for the Swiss action plan for bee health and involved in the development of the Swiss action plan on the suitable use of plant protection products. Katja has participated in various SETAC workshops addressing topics such as quality standards for water and soil, ELINK- linking exposure to effects, and AMRAP- aquatic plants in the aquatic risk assessment. She has served as a member of the SETAC Europe Council and is still actively involved in the science committee. Katja received her Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, and conducted a postdoc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston and at the University of Geneva. She worked as an environmental risk assessor at Syngenta on the ecotoxicological effects of plant protection products in support of applications for Registration.
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Feedback from a country: Experience in Implementing Risk Mitigation Measures in Switzerland
Feedback from a country: Experience in Implementing Risk Mitigation Measures in Switzerland

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Certificate

To obtain a certification of attendance you have to complete all modules included in the course watching all materials included. For more information contact the tutor of the course (Dr. Gabriele Sacchettini).
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