is a pilot-scale demonstration project based in the Kopaida region, about 70km north-west of Athens. Its aim is to protect the area’s vulnerable inland water ecosystem from pollution caused by the excessive use of pesticides. EcoPest is funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Life+
Environment Policy and Governance Program. EcoPest is also supported by the Hellenic Ministries of Rural Development & Food, and Environment, Energy & Climatic Change.
The purpose of EcoPest
is to develop, apply and demonstrate an economically-viable Strategic Plan for the sustainable use of pesticides and fertilizers in the area. This will happen through the minimization of agricultural inputs and the effective management of related risks. Ultimately, the Project aims at submitting practical proposals to the responsible regulatory bodies, making the Project’s deliverables directly applicable to both existing requirements and future legislation.