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INRAE is organizing a PEER-Alternet Science-policy interface webinar on January 11, from 1:30pm to 3pm CET. The webinar will focus on the example of a collective scientific expertise at the request of public authorities on the impacts of plant protection products on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

As part of the French Ecophyto II+ programme, the French Ministries in charge of the Environment, Agriculture, and Research asked INRAE and Ifremer in 2020 to produce a collective scientific expert report on the impacts of these products on biodiversity and ecosystem services, from the point of application to marine environments, in both mainland and overseas France.

Conclusions of the report

  • All terrestrial, continental and marine aquatic environments (especially coastlines) are contaminated by plant protection products
  • Direct and indirect effects of these substances were also found in all the ecosystems and populations of terrestrial, aquatic and marine organisms.
  • Contamination levels from substances that have been banned for several years have, however, shown a downward trend.

The report also highlighted the need for additional research to better quantify the impact of these products on the environment. It showed that several levers related to regulations, product use practices and agricultural landscape structure can effectively limit this type of contamination and its impacts without reducing yields, even as pesticide-free farming systems remain the exception to the rule.

Learn more and discover the summary of the study


Opening by Thierry Caquet, Scientific Director for the Environment of INRAE, Chair of the PEER Partnership and Allan Watt, UKCEH, Chair of the Alternet Management Board

  • Introductive keynote speech
  • Collective scientific assessment at INRAE: a tool to enlighten public debate and inform policymaking by Guy Richard, Head of the Directorate for collective scientific assessment, foresight and advanced studies (DEPE) at INRAE
  • The collective scientific assessment on “The impacts of plant protection products on biodiversity and ecosystem services”
    Results of the study and its impacts on public action : Laure Mamy and/or Stéphane Pesce, INRAE, scientific coordinators of the collective scientific expertise
    Origin of the request and use of the study at national level : Marc Moroni, Head of the Research department, French Ministry of Ecological Transition
    Use of the study for European regulation : Tobin Robinson, Head of Environment, Plants & Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment Production Department at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Open discussion with the participants: ALTERNET & PEER communities

Full programme

Free event, register now !