HArmonised environmental Indicators for pesticide Risk (HAIR)


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Title HArmonised environmental Indicators for pesticide Risk (HAIR)
Period 01 / 2005 - 12 / 2006
Status Completed
Research number OND1305149


This project will support Community policies for sustainable agriculture by providing a har-monised European approach for indicators of the overall risk of pesticides. It will integrate European scientific expertise on the use, emissions and environmental fate of pesticides and their impact on agro-ecosystems and human health, in order to learn and understand the limi-tations of existing approaches and develop improved indicators. The main deliverable of the project is a set of harmonised environmental and human health risk indicators, implemented in an easy to use software package. The proposed tool will in-clude methods to predict environmental fate and exposure, and the resulting acute and chronic risks for aquatic and terrestrial organisms, for groundwater, for public health (including preg-nant women) and for applicators of the pesticides. Consistent database structures will be de-veloped for soil, climate, land use, agricultural practice, pesticide use and ecotoxicological data, to enable the harmonised use of the indicators at the distinguished scales. State-of-the-art methods will be used to extrapolate from test animals to humans and wildlife, and the indica-tors will include chronic risks based on sub-lethal effects as well as acute risks. The project will use existing data sets to systematically evaluate the validation status of the indicators, in-cluding information gathered by regional and national organisations. The indicator outputs will be available on different scales, providing high resolution results at the catchment/regional level, taking account of local conditions of soil, climate etc; and also aggregated and integrated results at the European level. The indicators will provide new and powerful assessment tools for monitoring and managing the overall risks of pesticides. This will contribute directly to Agenda 2000 aims for sustain-able agriculture, and to the 6th Environment Action Programme s Thematic Strategy on the Sustainable Use of Plant Protection Products.

Abstract (NL)

[Doel van het project]:
In 2004 is een eerste bijdrage geveleverd aan het Europese HAIR project, waarin een instrumentarium wordt ontwikkeld om op Europese schaal de milieubelasting als gevolg van het gebruik van gewasbeschermingsmiddelen te beschrijven. Dit project wordt getrokken door RIVM; Alterra is betrokken vanwege de verwevenheid met de NMI (230173). Nieuwe wetenschappelijke concepten komen via HAIR beschikbaar voor de NM (en andersom).
Resultaten zijn te scheiden over inhoud en coördinatie:
- Ontwikkeling van een methodiek om de potentiële ecologische effecten als gevolg van chronische blootstelling te kwantificeren;
- Ontwikkeling van een methodiek om de belasting van oppervlaktewater als gevolg van laterale uitspoeling van bestrijdingsmiddelen te berekenen; dit onderdeel is vooral van belang voor het berekenen van de chronische belasting van waterorganismen als gevolg van deze belastingsroute;
- Communicatie tussen diverse Europese partners en W!SL inzake het implementeren en operationaliseren van rekenmethodieken

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Related people

Project leader Dr. J.W. Deneer

Related research (upper level)


D15600 Hydrospheric sciences
D18120 Surfacewater and groundwater
E15000 Environmental studies

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