Commission on Guidelines for Integrated Production

 

Convenor WIJNANDS Frank
Liaison-Officer NICOT Philippe

Structure and Members

The Commission consists of 4 members, experts in IP and IPM involved in research, practice and policy. The commission works closely together with the crop specific WPRS working groups.

Aim

The Commission establishes and maintains on behalf of IOBC-WPRS a conceptual frame of Production (IP), ranging from the basic concept to practical implementation on farm level.

Activities

The Commission regularly updates IP guidelines in close collaboration with the WPRS working groups or ad hoc expert panels convened by the Commission. The Commission also benchmarks IP guidelines or similar efforts on request of relevant organisations.

Achievements

All publications and information relevant to Integrated Production are available on internet (see chapter IP & IPM, Documents for download).
The concepts, principles and general technical guidelines for Integrated Production were first published in 1993 in the major languages of the WPRS region and were updated in 1999 and 2004. They serve as a basic document as to concepts and standards. Both "IP principles and general technical guidelines for Integrated Production" and "IP Crop specific guidelines" have been updated and published in 2017..In recent years, the Commission provided EU organisations and NGOs with technical expertise on IP concepts and their practical implementation.

Recent publications (see also IOBC-WPRS IP & IPM: Documents for download):

History

The history of Integrated Production in Europe and of the Commission's activities has been described in the IOBC publication Integrated Production in Europe: 20 years after the declaration of Ovrannaz. The Commission can look back on a tradition and leadership in Integrated Production starting in 1976 by the Declaration of Ovrannaz. In 1977 the General Assembly of IOBC-WPRS decided to establish the "Commission pour la Valorisation de la Production Intégrée" with M. Baggiolini (Switzerland) as first president. IOBC established in 1978 a second unit ("Comité international pour la valorisation des productions intégrées") that handled under the direction of J.Thiault (France) the first IOBC endorsements that led to recognition of 2 fruit growers' organisations (GALTI in Switzerland and COVAPI in France) in the late 1970s. The Commission continued its activities especially in the field of pome fruit production until 1987 with the following presidents: J.P. Bassino (France) 1981-1984 and A.Stäubli (Switzerland) 1984-1987. The Commission was re-activated by IOBC in 1990 as "Commission on IP-Guidelines and Endorsement" with a new mandate (see objectives) and was chaired by A. El Titi (1991 - 1995), E.F. Boller (1996-2001), J. Avilla (2002-2008), C. Malavolta (2009-2013) and F. Wijnands (since 2014). Four growers IP-associations were endorsed. They were located in Spain (endorsed in 1998-2016), Italy (endorsed in 2000-2006), France (endorsed in 2000-2011) and USA (since 2001 still endorsed). Given the world-wide interest in the IOBC approach to Integrated Production, the Commission was given the mandate to carry out endorsements outside the WPRS area.

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