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Reducing human health and environmental risks from pesticide use: Integrating decision-making with spatial risk assessment models

English title Reducing human health and environmental risks from pesticide use: Integrating decision-making with spatial risk assessment models
Applicant Binder Claudia
Number 110807
Funding scheme SNSF Professorships
Research institution Institut für Systemwissenschaften, Innovations- & Nachhaltigkeits- forschung
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Social geography and ecology
Start/End 01.04.2006 - 30.09.2010
Approved amount 1'365'176.00
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All Disciplines (3)

Social geography and ecology
Other disciplines of Environmental Sciences
Other disciplines of Earth Sciences

Keywords (6)

Farmers' risk perception; mental model approach; decision-making; livelihood; GIS; dynamic risk assessment

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
The main goal of the proposed research is to contribute to interdisciplinary research in this area. The project will develop a model for deriving and assessing strategies for reducing the human health and environmental risks from pesticide use. First, we will analyze farmers' perceptions on the potential risks of pesticide application and estimate the relevance of the variables determining their decision-making. In particular, we will estimate the relevance of variables such as traditions, and cultural values for farmers' behavior, which have rarely been integrated in earlier investigations. Second, we will adapt and further develop current risk assessment models to include occupational exposure and spatial distribution. One major challenge will be to make the model applicable within commonly encountered risk boundary conditions of less developed countries such as low amount of resources and low data availability. Third, we will develop together with farmers and regional stakeholders con¬sistent scenarios at a regional level considering the poten¬tial national developments. Finally, we will develop a simulation model consisting of behavioral and risk assessment components that will facilitate the evaluation of risk reducing strategies and measures defined by farmers, as well as regional and national policy makers. First steps towards the implementation of the best-rated strategies and measures will be taken.
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124080 Life Cycle Human Exposure and Risk Assessment of Pesticide Application on Agricultural Products in Colombia 01.05.2009 Resource not found: 'bd31932a-e257-46d9-9dba-079f6f2c77c6'