In 2019, IDH commissioned Keith Jones, a pesticide expert, to analyse the projects’ interventions and the technical characteristics of the innovations introduced.
The projects focused on two themes: the construction of wetlands to reduce pesticide pollution to the lake, and integrated pest management (IPM) practices based on the introduction of biological control (biocontrol) agents to replace the use of synthetic chemical pesticides. The study concluded that constructed wetlands and IPM practices are complementary, as the reduction in the use of chemical pesticides resulting from adoption of IPM leads to higher efficiency of the wetlands, and as such presents a cost-effective opportunity of significantly reducing the risk to workers and the environment.
Furthermore, additional literary research links the findings to the status of regional production as well as the latest developments on wetland and IPM technology, and includes consideration to further promote the use of wetlands and facilitate the development and uptake of current and new biocontrol options in the region.
Now publicly available on the IDH website, we invite you to download the full report and access unique insights into the technical characteristics, benefits of the investments and barriers met by the projects partners, as well as conclusions and recommendations for different industry stakeholders to support further uptake of best practices and creating positive impacts.