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Note from the Chair – 2020 February Issue

With the “new year”, the new decade, here’s wishing you, our reader, all the best for 2020!

ESRAs are all the buzz at the moment with preparations underway to meet the FSC revised pesticide policy deadline of August 2020. Still confused about what’s involved? Make sure you read the article in this newsletter for more on ESRAs. I’d also encourage you to read about TIPWG’s revised Approved Pesticide List (APL). Version 32 is now available on the website and has been by far the most exhaustive revision.

On the international front, sensitivities towards pesticides continue to grow with certain countries taking steps to ensure manufacturers’ comply to even more stringent regulations. The real “buzz” is around the follow-up article on bees: they are and will remain a focal point throughout the world as we wake up to their dramatic global decline, and the impact on human kind and biodiversity in general.

We will be celebrating International Bee Day, 20 May 2020, as well as reminding you about National Don’t Step on a Bee Day, 10 July 2020. Watch this space for something awesome.

Talking about things that buzz, drones continue to make their presence felt, whether you are at the beach or in the city! TIPWG is busy investigating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in forestry, and to ensure they are used responsibly and legally.

Finally, I would like to congratulate Forestry South Africa on the launch of www.forestrysouthafrica.co.za. The new website incorporates FSA corporate pages and Forestry Explained under one umbrella as well as the new database accessible by all paid up FSA members. “At Your Fingertips” is what comes to mind as you navigate around the site with ease, well done.

Please share our newsletter with all your colleagues and contractors so we can keep the forest industry compliant and responsible when it comes to all matters involving pesticides.

Yours in all things pesticide,
Roger Poole

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