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Functional tools for Pesticide Risk assessment and management

Objective

FOOTPRINT aims at developing a suite of three pesticide risk prediction and management tools, for use by three different end-user communities: farmers and extension advisors at the farm scale, water managers at the catchment scale and policy makers/registration authorities at the national/EU scale.

The tools will be based on state-of-the-art knowledge of processes, factors and landscape attributes influencing pesticide fate in the environment and will integrate innovative components, which will allow users to:
i) identify the dominant contamination pathways and sources of pesticide contamination in the landscape;
ii) estimate pesticide concentrations in local groundwater resources and surface water abstraction sources;
iii) make scientifically-based assessments of how the implementation of mitigation strategies will reduce pesticide contamination of adjacent water resources.

The three tools will share the same overall philosophy and underlying science and will therefore provide a coherent and integrated solution to pesticide risk assessment and risk reduction from the scale of the farm to the EU scale. The predictive reliability and usability of the tools will be assessed through a substantial programme of piloting and evaluation tests at the field, farm, catchment and national scales. The tools developed within FOOTPRINT will allow stakeholders to make consistent and robust assessments of the risk of contamination to water bodies at a range of scales relevant to management, mitigation and regulation (farm, catchment and national/EU).

They will in particular:
i) allow pesticide users to assess whether their pesticide practices ensure the protection of local water bodies and,
ii) provide site-specific mitigation recommendations.

The FOOTPRINT tools are expected to make a direct contribution to the revision of the Directive 91/414/EC, the implementation of the Water Framework Directive and the future Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Pesticides.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SSP-4
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
Address
39-43, Quai André Citroën - Tour Mirabeau
Paris
France

Participants (15)

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF WROCLAW
Poland
Address
C.k. Norwida 25
Wroclaw
ARVALIS - INSTITUT DU VEGETAL
France
Address
3 Rue Joseph Et Marie Hackin
Paris
AZIENDA OSPEDALIERA - POLO UNIVERSITARIO L. SACCO
Italy
Address
Via Grassi 74
Milano
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY.
United Kingdom
Address
Cranfield
Bedford
DANMARKS OG GROENLANDS GEOLOGISKE UNDERSOEGELSE
Denmark
Address
Oester Voldgade 10
Copenhagen K
EUROPEAN COMMISSION - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Belgium
Address
Rue De La Loi, 200
Brussels
GEOSYS S.A.
France
Address
20 Impasse Rene Couzinet
Toulouse
INOVAGIS OHG
Germany
Address
Wilhelmshöher Allee 272
Kassel
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE (INRA)
France
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
Paris
JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITAET GIESSEN
Germany
Address
Ludwigstrasse 23
Giessen
NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION.
Greece
Address
19 Egialias And Chalepa Street, Maroussi
Athens
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Arrheniusplan 2C
Uppsala
UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE
United Kingdom
Address
College Lane
Hatfield
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
6 Kensington Terrace
Newcastle Upon Tyne
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
Ljubljana