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Directive 2009/128/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 establishing a framework for Community action to achieve the sustainable use of pesticides establishes a framework to achieve a sustainable use of pesticides by reducing the risks and impacts of pesticide use on human health and the environment and promoting the use of integrated pest management and of alternative approaches or techniques such as non-chemical alternatives to pesticides. A National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides for Malta 2013-2018 has been developed as a strategy to minimize human and environmental health impacts resulting from the use of pesticides and as a requisite of the Directive.
integrated pest management - ipm
An integral part of the National Action Plan for Sustainable Use of Pesticides in Malta is the development of Guidelines for Integrated Pest Managment for Malta. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to humans, animals, and the environment. The following guidelines have been adopted for the Maltese Islands.
NON-PROFESSIONAL USERS OF PESTICIDES
One of the provisions of the National Action Plan for Sustainable Use of Pesticides, is the development of Guidelines for Non-professional Users of Pesticides i.e. the use of pesticides by the general public. The main aim of these guidelines is to reduce risks and impacts of pesticides use on human and environmental health. Therefore, the guidelines encompass the use of pesticides of low toxicity, ready to use formulations and limitations on sizes of containers and packaging. This information, in combination with guidelines for the protection of human health, the safe use of pesticides during handling, storing, application and disposal and non-chemical methods have been adopted for non-professional users of pesticides.