For the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides 2016 was characterized by four Symposia on “Impacts of and Alternatives to Systemic Pesticides”, subsequently held at the York University in Toronto, the University of Quebec in Montréal (April), the De La Salle University in Manila and the Waseda University in Tokyo (June) (details on www.tfsp.info under ‘Resources’).
As one of the results, the “Conservation Centre of the Philippine Islands Inc.” was constituted by the Philippine members of TFSP in September and officially registered in October. 2016. It will serve as a charitable platform for future activities, such as the publication of the Worldwide Integrated Assessment (WIA) as a book by the De La Salle University, a project to assess the impact of systemic pesticides use on the Philippine environment, the establishment of a biologcal field station on the island of Marinduque and the promotion of organic agriculture. Highlight of the second half of the year was the 9th Working Meeting of TFSP, held at the University of Padua from 6 – 10 November 2016. Here, it was decided to continue monitoring and research of impacts of systemic pesticides on biodiversity and ecosystems, to find, and share knowledge of efficient and sustainable techniques of pest management in agricultulture, horticulture and other domains (as compared to full chemical approaches), and to extend the activities of TFSP to the domain of Public Health in the years ahead.
Task Force Lead
Dr. Maarten Bijleveld, email@example.com
Task forces are not open to all members, but by invitation only.