IOBC-WPRS promotes the use of sustainable, environmental safe economically feasible socially acceptable control-methods of pests and diseases of agricultural and forestry crops. Therefore IOBC-WPRS encourage collaboration in the development and promotion of Biological and Integrated Production systems.
IOBC-WPRS fosters research and practical application, training and information, especially of biological methods of control, but also of all methods, including chemicals, within an integrated pest management context.
IOBC-WPRS elaborates guidelines for integrated production of agricultural crops, develops and standardises methods of testing effects of pesticides on beneficial species.
IOBC-WPRS offers presentation platforms (workshops, symposia, proceedings, publications) to scientists involved in research to ameliorate agricultural crop production using methods and strategies in agreement with overall goal of IOBC.
IOBC-WPRS helps implementing scientific knowledge into the advising and executing biological and integrated production.
In the fulfilment of its objectives, WPRS collaborates with other international organisations, notably FAO, WHO, the Commission of the European Union (CEU) and the European Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO). Special emphasis is placed on contacts with CEC whose activities since 1979 have included programmes with similar objectives.
Historically IOBC started in 1955 as a global organisation affiliated to the
International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU). Later it proved practical
to form regional sections in addition to the Global IOBC. At present, IOBC-Global
includes six regional sections.
For more information see IOBC History Book.
IOBC-WPRS contributes financially to IOBC-Global as support and to cover its share of the IOBC Newsletter (WPRS has one seat in the Council of IOBC-Global). WPRS transfers to IOBC-Global 100 EURO for each institutional member, 50 EURO for each supporting member and 10 EURO for each individual member.
In contrast to the IOBC-Global and the other regional sections, WPRS has in its official name included both Biological Control and Integrated Control. This indicates the recognition in WPRS of the importance of both the pure biological control and the broader integrated approach, which had already been included in activities of several working groups.