UK - London: Kensington Gardens - Round Pond

UK – London: Kensington Gardens – Round Pond (Photo credit: wallyg)

PAN UK has been active for over 20 years . In recent years PAN UK has taken a leading role on a number of issues including: adoption of a stronger pesticide code; significant action to remove the threat of persistent pesticide pollution; funds to clear Africa of old stockpiles; and commitment to the Prior Informed Consent system that helps countries stop unwanted pesticide imports. PAN groups came together in Rome for the 2002 World Food Summit Five Years Later to highlight pesticide problems in food production.

PAN provides an integrated vision of the problems that pesticides create for farmers, workers, consumers and communities in rural and urban areas. It helps policy makers and the public understand the effects of chemicals on human health, the environment and biodiversity, and of the economic impacts. PAN works constructively to find solutions for pest management problems.

Each PAN Centre is independent, focusing on regional priorities and supporting more than 500 local groups that make up the whole network. Together, the work meets common goals to end the deadly trail of pesticide poisoning and contamination. PAN UK hosted the 2002 Regional Coordinators meeting, and maintains joint projects with PAN Africa.

The coordination of PAN Europe was transferred from Hamburg to London in September 2002, enabling PAN UK to play an increased role in its activities. PAN Europe’s Pesticide Use Reduction in Europe (PURE) campaign gained in strength with the publication of its suggested text for an EU Directive and 71 organisations in 22 European countries support this campaign, including environmental, public health, consumer and farmer groups. We are supporting PAN Europe’s PURE Coordinator, Catherine Wattiez, to expand the campaign via partnerships for effective lobbying at EU and national levels.

PAN UK took part in the stakeholder conference organised by the European Commission on its proposed strategy for Sustainable Use of Pesticides. Building alliances with farmer and consumer groups is important for advocating a major shift to IPM and Integrated Crop Management as minimum standards in the context of reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the accession of Central and Eastern European countries to the EU in 2004.

Public participation in pesticide policy processes is crucial yet most public interest groups struggle to cope with the complex and time-consuming work of following government and decision-
making on pesticide approvals and regulations. PAN UK works with PAN Europe partners to assess the most effective options, and facilitate NGO and public participation.

The Bhopal People’s Health and Documentation Clinic has provided direct support to over 10,000 people suffering from the poisonous gas leak of December 1984. Every year on the anniversary of the disaster, the UK support group runs an advertisement to raise funds for the clinic, and remember the plight of those affected. The last two years have seen a remarkable increase in support from the British public, and the 2002 donations exceeded £45,000. PAN UK administers these funds as its contribution to Bhopal survivors. See also and and the latest Bhopal fundraising advert. Supported by J Roald Smeets

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