Forest Stewardship Council joins the ISEAL Integrated Pest Management Coalition

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has signed the ISEAL Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Coalition MoU, joining eight ISEAL members in the collaborative initiative to reduce or eliminate the use of HHPs (Highly Hazardous Pesticides).

ISEAL members have been working together to bring about more consistent and collaborative efforts to drive pesticide reduction in the supply chains in which they work. In 2015, an agreement to formalise the coalition’s work was signed by eight ISEAL members, and now FSC has become the ninth signatory.

The agreement sets out a consistent plan to move towards eliminating highly hazardous pesticides, finding alternatives, and creating common tools for producers and standards systems to use. With a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund, the IPM Coalition recently launched a common reference pesticide database to encourage standards systems to adopt more responsible practices. The database aims to provide information about prohibited or restricted pesticides, make it easier to find information on pesticide active ingredients and alternatives, and facilitate knowledge exchange on IPM.

Carla Brown, FSC’s Communications Programme Manager, said: “FSC is proud to be counted among the members of this innovative coalition. FSC-certified forest managers are required to use integrated pest management strategies, and we are on a continuous journey of improvement. This venture comes at an opportune time, when we are revising our Pesticides Policy in an effort to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of chemical pesticides in FSC-certified forests. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration with like-minded organizations, in order to meaningfully address the risks that chemical pesticides pose to human and environmental health.”

The IPM is made up of the following ISEAL members: Better Cotton Initiative, Bonsucro, Fairtrade International, Forest Stewardship Council, Global Coffee Platform, Golf Environment Organization, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, Sustainable Agriculture Network, and UTZ.