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HArmonised environmental Indicators for pesticide Risk (HAIR)

Objective

This project will support Community policies for sustainable agriculture by providing a harmonised European approach for indicators of the overall risk of pesticides. It will integrate European scientific expertise on the use, emissions, environmental fate, and the impact of pesticides on agro-ecosystems and human health, in order to develop improved indicators which address the limitations of existing approaches. The main deliverable of the project is a set of harmonised environmental and human health risk indicators, provided in an easy to use software package. The proposed tool will include methods to predict environmental fate and exposure, and the resulting acute and chronic risks for aquatic and terrestrial organisms, for groundwater, for public health and for applicators of the pesticides. Consistent database structures will be developed for soil, climate, land use, agricultural practice, pesticide use and ecotoxicological data, to enable harmonised use of the indicators by all EU member states and candidate states. State-of-the art methods will be used to extrapolate from test animals to humans and wildlife, and the indicators will include chronic risks based on sub-lethal effects as well as acute risks. The project will use existing datasets to systematically evaluate the validation status of the indicators, including information gathered by regional and national organisations. The indicator outputs will be available on different scales, providing high resolution results at the catchment/regional level, taking account of local conditions of soil, climate etc; and also aggregated and integrated results at the European level. The indicators will provide new and powerful assessment tools for monitoring and managing the overall risks of pesticides. This will contribute directly to Agenda 2000 aims for sustainable agriculture, and to the 6th Environment Action Programme's Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products'.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-SSP-1
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU
Address
Antonie Van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9
Bilthoven
Netherlands

Participants (19)

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Belgium
Address
200, Rue De La Loi
Bruxelles
CENTRAL SCIENCE LABORATORY
United Kingdom
Address
Nobel House 17 Smith Square
London
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Cranfield
Bedford
FEDERAL BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH CENTRE FOR AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY (BBA)
Germany
Address
Messeweg 11/12
Braunschweig
ALTERRA B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 3
Wageningen
UNIVERSITA CATTOLICA DEL SACRO CUORE
Italy
Address
Largo Agostino Gemelli 1
Milano
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
Gent
DANMARKS MILJOEUNDERSOEGELSER
Denmark
Address
Frederiksborgvej 399
358 Roskilde
AZIENDA OSPEDALIERA - POLO UNIVERSITARIO L. SACCO
Italy
Address
Via Grassi 74
Milano
NORSK INSTITUTT FOR PLANTEFORSKING
Norway
Address
Raveien 2
Aas
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
Place De L'universite 1
Louvain-la-neuve
ISTITUTO DI RICERCHE FARMACOLOGICHE "MARIO NEGRI"
Italy
Address
Via Eritrea 62
Milano
CENTRE D'ETUDE ET DE RECHERCHES VETERINAIRES ET AGROCHIMIQUES
Belgium
Address
Rue Groeselenberg 99
Bruxelles
WAGENINGEN SOFTWARE
Netherlands
Address
Bornsesteenweg 47
Wageningen
FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUER BIOLOGISCHEN LANDBAU
Switzerland
Address
Ackerstrasse
Frick
CENTRAL SERVICE FOR PLANT PROTECTION AND SOIL CONSERVATION
Hungary
Address
Budaorsi Ut 141-145
Budapest
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
Århus
UFZ - UMWELTFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM LEIPZIG-HALLE GMBH.
Germany
Address
Permoser Strasse 15
Leipzig