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10 years of progress in representing biocontrol

Wyn

Grant

University of WarwickSlide2

Where we came from

Some people felt I was too critical of aspects of IBMA in the RELU programme

But it need to improve to get the important

biocontrol

message across – and it has

Great progress has been made but, as always, there is more to do and new challenges ahead

There is now a good organisational platform to meet those challengesSlide3

10 years ago

A lack of sophistication in relation to the task of representing the industry

Of course, some things were being achieved through hard work and dedication, but often a lack of planning and analysis

But the main skill of natural scientists is not understanding the complex political process of the EU (hard enough for me), it is developing new productsSlide4

Missed opportunities

The REBECA programme:

http://www.rebeca-net.de/?p=999

There were some good discussions of the regulatory challenges and worthwhile outputs

But, speaking frankly, I think that the Commission was antagonised by unrealistic demands – final meetingSlide5

Regulation 1107/2009

Of course, there were positive aspects

R

educe the reliance of EU agriculture on traditional chemistry-based plant protection products as part of a broader drive towards IPM

As always, the devil is in the detail and the way in which implementation takes placeSlide6

Mixed progress

Restrict traditional products that are harmful to human health and environment

Facilitate registration and bringing to market of lower risk products

Biocontrol

industry has experienced frustrations and delays leading to loss of innovative products

More effective pressure in first place?Slide7

The challenge of the political agenda

It is always crowded – and even more so in recent years in the EU with the challenges of the

eurozone

crisis, migration etc.

Focus in environmental policy to climate change, especially in run up to Paris summit

Biocontrol

has low profile with public – compare with organic - and there are limits to what can be done about that Slide8

Coalition building

At the time of our project, many environmental groups were suspicious of

biocontrol

, often because they did not understand its potential

But now there has been effective coalition building with environmental groups and others – farmers, food industry etc.

Example of 4

th

EP symposium in November involving Greenpeace, PAN Europe etc.Slide9

Improved structure

Office in Brussels which is an essential element of effective representation

Contact point for governmental and intergovernmental bodies

Has had a seat at the table at FAO, OECD negotiations

Generally more professional approach

Demand for products growingSlide10

What more could be done?

Finding new ways of getting the message out both through conventional and social media

Deepening the relationships with other stakeholders and ensuring that there is effective coalition building

Seizing the window of opportunity which can appear when you least expect it.Slide11

Yet challenges remain

Despite all the engagement and development of guidance the industry is still regulated by a disjointed regulation that is not fit for purpose for the needs of a growing industry

Still insufficient recognition by decision-makers and opinion formers of the importance and potential of

biocontrol

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