Attendees during a session at the PestWorld East 2019 conference.
Shamila Jamaluddin, Staff Reporter
ABU DHABI: The PestWorld East 2019, a specialised conference addressing pest management challenges specific to the Middle East region, started on Tuesday in the capital facilitating the exchange of knowledge on a range of topics related to sustainable pest control.
The two-day conference, being held for the first time in the capital, is hosted by Abu Dhabi Waste Management Center (Tadweer) in collaboration with Ecovar, a provider of sustainable pest control solutions in the UAE, and the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) from the US.
Dr Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister for Climate Change and Environment opening the conferenc, said the UAE has launched several initiatives and implemented a host of environmental legislations in the field of pesticide management. “These include a law that bans the import, export and circulation of any kinds of pesticides unless they are registered with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment. A second law regulates the advertising of pesticides to avoid misleading consumers.”
He added that the Ministry had established clear mechanisms to regulate the import and registration of pesticides. “In order to prevent the entry of health-threatening products into the UAE, we have issued thirty-three stringent specifications for the permitted pesticides in line with the highest international standards.”
In addition the Ministry has created an electronic database of all pesticides used in the UAE, which currently includes 395 products.
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