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The Impact of the Water Framework Directive on Pesticide Usage in Agriculture - PS2219

The Water Framework Directive (WFD) provides a comprehensive framework for the protection of Europe’s water resources. Under the WFD, River Basin Management Plans (RBMP’s) will be produced by the competent authority, the Environment Agency (EA) in England and Wales. One of the main aims of the RBMP’s will be to ensure that surface water bodies achieve good ecological status. This will require management of chemicals in the environment, including pesticides. Although management strategies currently exist to address pesticide pollution the WFD may require that these are changed or new strategies are implemented.
The Pesticides Safety Directorate (PSD) therefore needs to determine how regulation of pesticides may change. Moreover, it is important that the effects on pesticide usage and agriculture are assessed in order that the agricultural industry can respond to the changing demands placed upon them. In light of this, PSD formerly commissioned ADAS to produce a report on the issue in 2001. It is however timely to update the report given the changes that have since taken place, such as the passing of the WFD into UK law and further development of strategies aimed at ensuring the good ecological status of water bodies. PSD has therefore requested that ADAS submit a proposal detailing how the report might be updated.
The overall objective of this proposed work is to consider the issues highlighted in the original ADAS report to PSD (2001), assess how these are being implemented, and produce an updated document to inform PSD how the WFD might affect pesticide regulation, usage and agriculture.
Project Documents
• Final Report : The Impact of the Water Framework Directive on Pesticide Usage in Agriculture   (429k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2005

To: 2005

Cost: £12,825
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Pesticide use              
Science Policy              
Water Framework Directive              
Water Resources              
Fields of Study
Pesticide Safety