Europe faces the challenge of responding to the mandatory implementation of the principles of integrated pest management (IPM) as called for by Directive 2009/128/EC on the sustainable use of pesticides.
Most European countries are investing in research and extension to face this challenge, reduce reliance on pesticides, and reduce risks associated with their use. Added value and synergies can be created by coordinating such national research and extension efforts and by pooling existing resources. To this end, C-IPM will:
With stakeholders and researchers C-IPM will position IPM in the future European innovation landscape.
It will provide an overall picture of ongoing and desired R&D efforts and of the resources available for IPM implementation.
It will propose a common research agenda on IPM and on sustainable solutions in the context of minor uses. It will rapidly generate European-level added value by sharing outputs of ongoing national and regional research, and by disseminating R&D methods, experience and expertise.
It will create knowledge hubs by linking R&D resources in the field of IPM and minor uses.
It will develop and implement joint transnational calls.
To achieve lasting impact, C-IPM will plan its continued activity beyond the funded period.
C-IPM consists of seven work packages:
WP1 – Develop a strategic research agenda on IPM in Europe
WP2 – Mapping and analysis of existing research based on future needs
WP3 - Mapping and analysis of minor uses problems ad possible IPM solutions
WP4 – Analysis of IPM-related infrastructures and capacities
WP5 – Develop and fund joint transnational calls
WP6 – Communication
WP7 – Management of C-IPM