Sustainable Control of Harmful Organisms in the 21st Century

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Sustainable Control of Harmful Organisms in the Twenty-First Century (SCOTTY)
Source: Umweltbundesamt

Sustainable control of harmful organisms requires a large toolkit of possible instruments: From preventive management measures against pests to alternative non-biocidal control measures or an optimised use of biocides. With the initiative “Sustainable Control of Harmful Organisms in the Twenty-First Century” (SCOTTY), UBA brings together different competencies and concepts.

The goal of the SCOTTY-initiative is to provide a broad portfolio of different efficacious options to control harmful organisms. To achieve this goal, UBA is:

  • researching and funding research to support innovative practices for the management of harmful organisms. Amongst others, this includes the development of efficacy testing guidelines for non-chemical alternatives and their application as well as research for a sustainable use of biocides.
  • a hub for national and international stakeholders wanting to discuss questions on the sustainable control of harmful organisms.
  • connecting different stakeholders involved in this topic. Academia, professional pest controllers and their customers, chemical and non-chemical industry and public authorities are all called for to achieve a sustainable control.
  • reaching out to communicate the results to all relevant stakeholders and the general public.

The projects related to the SCOTTY-initiative including links to further information are listed on a subpage. Another subpage is dedicated to other existing international information offers on biocides and their alternatives to support an exchange of information between the EU Member States on their experiences on this field. Several subpages deal with non-biocidal substitution options for different biocidal product types.

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