Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/155198
Authors: 
Giupponi, Carlo
Year of Publication: 
2001
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di Lavoro, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei 35.2001
Abstract: 
This paper summarises the results of the Sphere+ Project (Substitution Projects for Health and Environment, Lessons from Results and Experiences) and in particular the outcomes of FEEM's contribution in the field of substituting hazardous molecules used to control weeds to preserve the quality of water resources. The story of the study case started in Italy, in the mid 80's, with the introduction of the EC Directive 80/778 concerning drinking water. The acceptable limits for pesticide concentrations were so low that most of the groundwater sources for northern Italian towns' aqueducts became unsuitable for human consumption, quite often because of high concentrations of the herbicide Atrazine (commonly used for maize cultivation). This paper examines the story of the substitution of Atrazine with alternatives that have a lower environmental impact, focussing in particular on the comparison between end users' and institutional perspectives, policy implications, the relationship between communication and political strategies and the research sector.
Subjects: 
Haardous molecules
environmental protection
JEL: 
I18
Q16
Q18
Q25
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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