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Managing Pesticide Risks for Non-Target Ecosystems with Pesticide Risk Indicators: a Multicriteria Approach


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  • Chiara Maria Travisi

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, University of Milano, Milan, Italy)

  • Peter Nijkamp

    (Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • Marco Vighi

    (University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy)

  • Paolo Giacomelli

    (University of Milano, Italy)


In the search for effective pesticide risk management tools, the design of pesticide risk indicators is nowadays receiving increasing attention as a complement to more established regulatory strategies. In the present paper, we apply some recently developed pesticide risk indices and test their potential for management purposes. A pilot approach is proposed, which explores pesticide worst-case hazard scenarios at different space-time scales by means of a set of 5 ecotoxicological risk indices. The results are then interpreted from the perspective of a decision support method using the so-called Critical Threshold Value approach. Our risk analysis is then enriched within a multicriteria framework which integrates environmental, agronomic and economic objectives.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 04-009/3.

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Date of creation: 22 Jan 2004
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20040009

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Keywords: pesticides; hazard and risk assessment; risk indices; decision support tools; multicriteria analysis;

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  1. Amit Batabyal & Peter Nijkamp, 2005. "Alternate Strategies for Managing Resistance to Antibiotics and Pesticides," ERSA conference papers ersa05p161, European Regional Science Association.
  2. Travisi, C.M. & Nijkamp, P., 2009. "Managing environmental risk in agriculture: a systematic perspective on the potential of quantitative policy-oriented risk valuation," Serie Research Memoranda 0043, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.


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