Over the most recent three years, PAN has made gains in the following areas:
In 2002 the FAO Code of Conduct, which guides governments on pesticides, was fully revised and updated, incorporating many of PAN’s demands. Significantly, it incorporated a definition of ‘integrated pest management’ (IPM), which discourages the use of pesticides and encourages preventive measures and natural pest control mechanisms.
In 2006, following PAN lobbying, the European Commission used this definition in a new Directive for its Member States. PAN has written two guidelines for implementing the Code, on advertising and on monitoring poisonings and environmental harm. These will become formal FAO advice to governments and both have addressed PAN concerns.
PAN lobbying has helped to achieve over 110 ratifications of the Rotterdam Convention and over 150 ratifications of the Stockholm Convention. In the Latin American region, many PAN groups are on government steering committees for implementation of the Conventions.
PAN’s community monitoring activities have been accepted by the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention as a means to assist governments in documenting field level poisonings and identifying the products responsible.
Some information about relevant key international conventions:
- International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides Website
- Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Website
- Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Website
Meanwhile, highly respected resources have been developed by each Regional Centre and these are now helping activists and others worldwide. In addition to publications and website information, key global resources include:
- PANNA Database covering over 1500 pesticide active ingredients and known ‘formulants’
- PAN Germany online information service for non-chemical pest management in the tropics and subtropics
- PAN UK pesticide and alternatives database
- RAPAL Database in Spanish provides comprehensive information on pesticides in Latin American countries
- PAN AP Community-based Pesticide Action Monitoring (CPAM) offers information on their pesticide work at the community level
- Sustainable Alternatives to Chemical Pesticides provides information on sustainable farming practices, crop specific information on how to grow without pesticides, information on where to find organic products and information on alternatives at all levels