R&D Programme IPM

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

In this new programme we aim to describe the current situation and present the research, development and communication required in order for Nordic golf to carry out the measures needed to achieve sustainable use of pesticides according to EU Council Directive 2009/128/EG, dated 21 October 2009.

With the introduction of integrated pest management, there is a need for equally high expertise within the golf sector as within other sectors, e.g. agriculture. This applies to advisory, training and information activities, as well as research and development (R&D).

STERF, together with the Nordic golf sector, universities and research institutions and authorities, can take responsibility for ensuring that R&D activities that are important for integrated pest management are coordinated and executed and that new knowledge is delivered. STERF can contribute to the development of expertise within integrated pest management through communicating new knowledge and tried and tested experience. STERF in partnership with consultants and good practitioners can take responsibility for ensuring that a Nordic model for systematic documentation of golf course maintenance is developed. 

This R&D programme is intended to act as data support that allows the golf sector to access the funding set aside by the authorities for R&D and communication to facilitate the implementation of integrated pest management.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Allow the golf sector to take responsibility for and influence the implementation of the new EU Directive on the sustainable use of pesticides.

  • Provide golf with access to information and tools based on research and development for integrated pest management.

  • Encourage more researchers to work on issues relating to integrated pest management within golf in the Nordic countries.

  • Act as support in applications for funding for R&D, communication and expertise development from the Nordic authorities in conjunction with implementation of the new EU Directive on sustainable use of pesticides.

The complete R&D programme within integrated pest management - see below!