Project Details Ecological Risk Assessment Workshop for Central America

Project No.:
Start Date:
19 September 2016
End Date:
14 May 2018


Substantial amounts of pesticides are used in agriculture in Latin America, in both crops for local consumption and export crops such as bananas, plantains and pineapples. It is important that the pesticides used do not pose a risk to human health and the environment.
Regarding the environment, it is proposed that an Ecological Risk Assessment Workshop is held in Costa Rica, for Central America, in order to:

  1. promote and transfer current scientific knowledge on ecological risk assessment
  2. highlight the advantages and disadvantages of risk assessment procedures
  3. provide a guidance document on the development of ecological risk assessment

This guidance document will give participants more detailed information on risk assessment, however, it is not intended to be a comprehensive handbook, but it will enable participants to ask the right questions when risk assessments are required.
It is intended that the workshop in Costa Rica will form an integral part of the 6th Latin American Pesticide Residue Workshop (LAPRW 2017, 14-17 May). The Latin American Pesticide Residue Workshop is a biennial forum for discussion in which different concepts and future developments are presented on pesticide residues in food and the environment. Key partners will be CropLife International and the Red Analitica de Latino América y el Caribe (RALACA).


Although significant advances in Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) science and technology have been made over the last decade there is a dearth of concise and effective guidance documents and training materials for consistent and systematic practices of pesticide ecological risk assessment particularly in scientifically emerging countries. While the agricultural practices and environmental conditions in each country will vary, key concepts and approaches will remain the same.

The successful ERA workshops held in Beijing, Bogota, Santiago, Nairobi and New Delhi showed that there is a great interest in ecological risk assessment processes for pesticides. These workshops were enthusiastically supported by participants from academia, industry and government. The presentations and the possibility of networking were well received and deemed to be very useful. The Crop Protection Chemistry Subcommittee of the DCE has completed a number of projects related to ERA, and the committee includes a number of experts on this topic (see project 2010-056-1-600).

  1. The task group will work together through electronic communication methods and phone conferences to prepare presentations and other material for the Workshop.
  2. Existing documentation developed for the earlier workshops will be modified as appropriate.
  3. The task group will work to identify and prioritize any specific needs for Central America, relevant to assessment procedures, methods, modeling, exposure scenario design principles, risk management standard, and mitigation measures.


This is a continuation of project 2010-056-1-600 for which there have been successful workshops in Beijing, China; Bogota, Colombia; Santiago, Chile; Nairobi, Kenya and New Delhi, India.

Mar 2017 – project announcement published in Chem. Int. Jan 2017, p. 26;

May 2018 – project completed; workshop report published in Chem. Int. Nov 2017, p. 45;

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