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Rotterdam Convention webinars on alternatives to paraquat dichloride in weed management | 30 September 2021

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Join the webinar on Thursday 30 September, aimed at Designated National Authorities and other interested stakeholders.

Under the Rotterdam Convention, a severely hazardous pesticide formulation (SHPF) is a chemical formulated for pesticidal use that is known to produce severe health or environmental effects observable within a short period of time after single or multiple exposure, under conditions of use.

In 2011, the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention, recommended paraquat dichloride, widely used as a herbicide, to be listed as a SHPF in Annex III of the Convention. So far, the Conference of the Parties (COP) has not yet been able to reach consensus on this recommendation.

Challenges in weed management arise from labour shortage, evolution of herbicide resistance in weeds, constraints of new modern technology implementation, global climate change, poor policy support, inadequate infrastructure, and rising input costs.

There is no single solution in weed management in crops. As such, the development, implementation and dissemination of a sustainable weed management strategy that integrates cultural, mechanical, biological and as a last resort chemical tactics is crucial.



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