FAO-EU partnership

A new deal to rid Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia from obsolete pesticides

The EU and FAO invest in model for hazardous waste management and sustainable crop protection

12 April 2012, Rome – Twelve countries in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia will start working with the European Union (EU) and FAO to manage their vast stocks of obsolete pesticides in a partnership that was launched at FAO’s headquarters in Rome.

It is estimated that around 200 000 tons of obsolete pesticides, nearly half the world’s stockpiles, can be found in twelve former Soviet Union republics. Kept in tens of thousands of unprotected sites, they pose a serious threat to the health of the people around them and to the environment.

For the next four years, the EU and FAO will invest € 7 million to assist these countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan – in managing obsolete pesticides and reducing the risks of current stocks. At the same time, the project will build capacity to reduce risks from pesticides used in agriculture and avoid build-up of additional stockpiles in future.

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