Nowadays, in Albania as well as in many other countries, the intensification of agriculture activities dictates an escalation tendency for the use of agricultural chemicals – which the inappropriate application of those, not accordingly to the respective directives approved by the legal framework – impacts the human health, environment, and wildlife. The consequences of such a phenomenon have turned out a major and potential threat for the population of scavenger animals, including here – the population of Egyptian Vulture. In order to alleviate these impacts and to ensure sustainable use of agricultural chemicals, there is specific legislation that regulates the use, import, storage, and treatment of these chemicals.
Following the working meeting that took place in both North Macedonia and Albania, focused on pesticides and VMP legislation analysis in the frame of action A1 of the LIFE project “Egyptian Vulture New LIFE”, the Albanian Ornithological Society (AOS) conducted a gap analysis on the legislation and also on the publicly available information regarding the use, import, storage, and treatment of plant protection products (PPPs).
Based on the results of the legislation gap analysis, the Albanian legislation seems to be complete and addresses all the main issues related to use, import, storage, and treatment of plant protection products. Moreover, it is partially influenced by EU legislation and in accordance with International Conventions, such as: International Convention of Plant Protection & Convention of Rotterdam. Meanwhile, there are some issues arising regarding the law enforcement which consists on:
1. Lack of information from the public regarding the rules on the use of plant protection products and on the consequences from the misuse of PPPs;
2. Lack of control at retail trading points of plant protection products.
Meantime, regarding the use of agricultural chemicals that could be potentially dangerous for vultures and other birds of prey, there is very limited information available for the public, focused mainly on the lists of chemicals which are legal to be imported and traded within the territory of the Republic of Albania.
This document could be a useful tool in terms of identifying the main issues on the Albanian legislation regarding use, import, registration, licensing, trade, storage, disposal, and recycling of plant protection products, and moreover, to easily access the respective laws & regulations.
AOS will share this document with the National Anti-Poison Working group, and with all the other interested institutions, organizations, and individuals.
The full version of “GAP ANALYSIS ON THE ALBANIAN LEGISLATION AND ON PUBLICLY AVAILABLE INFORMATION REGARDING THE USE, IMPORT, STORAGE, AND TREATMENT OF AGRICULTURE CHEMICALS” report: