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Alternatives to HHPs – What are elements of success?

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Alternatives to HHPs – What are elements of success?

The SAICM Secretariat, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, established a community of practice on Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) to foster discussions, exchange of best practices, and recommendations to address HHPs amongst relevant stakeholders. This is a summary of the discussion on Alternatives to HHPs – What are elements of success?, which took place on 20 October 2020.

Presenters: Mark Davis (independent consultant), Harold Van de Valk (Falconsult), Dr Ayanthi Karunarathne (Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka), Sivapragasam Annamalai (CABI), Suzanne Neave (CABI)

This discussion aimed to promote engagement with and an understanding of alternatives to highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs). An important step in the process to reduce the risks posed by HHPs is the identification of alternative, lower risk, pest management measures, and their subsequent effective implementation. While this step is sometimes considered a major bottleneck which can block regulatory decision making with respect to HHPs, many examples in fact exist of successful implementation of low-risk pest management approaches.