Annika Minnot, CARDI Scientist represented the Institute at the 23rd meeting of the Coordinating Group of pesticides Control Boards of the Caribbean (CGPC) and the 4th meeting of the Project Steering Committee (PSC) for the project: “Disposal of Obsolete Pesticides including POPs, Promotion of Alternatives and Strengthening Pesticides Management in the Caribbean”. This is a FAO/ Global Environment Facility (GEF) project.
One the most significant achievement of the project was the repackaging, safeguarding and exporting of 319 tonnes of obsolete pesticides and associated hazardous waste from participating countries for environmentally sound destruction in the United Kingdom. Under the project CARDI collected and analysed data on agro ecological or IPM practices and safer chemical and non chemical alternatives to those identified under Annex III in the Rotterdam Convention.
It is anticipated that the project will be extended to allow for the completion of empty container management programme for pesticides, remediation of pesticide contaminated sites in select locations, field testing of safer pesticide alternatives and the disposal of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in project countries.
At the CGPC meeting, member countries and input suppliers present, updated each other on the status of pesticide issues in their respective countries. The use of glyphosate and it’s derivative in member countries was one of the major discussion points and varied from continuation of imports to reduction of further imports until there is guidance on how to proceed. Other discussion points included access to laboratories for residue testing.
The meetings were held in Suriname from 10-14 June 2019.