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Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals

by Fundacion para el Desarrollo de Politicas Sustentables
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals
Protecting Communities Exposed to Agrochemicals

In the context of the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, cases of complaints of illegal application of agrochemicals have increased worryingly throughout the country. However, these complaints are often stopped due to lack of personnel.

 

That is why we decided to undertake a work of global updating of the site. We are investigating new cases to add to the site mapping. The scope of the agrochemical problem will also be announced through research work carried out.

 

Finally, new legal resources and instruments are being developed, which will then be uploaded to a section of the page for people to access. These resources allow participation and intervention in the complaint process, requiring the authorities to act more actively.

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The "agrochemical emergency" website demonstrated its efficiency. Through the legal resources that the website contains, some communities made complaints to the authorities for the illegal application of agrochemicals. Likewise, communities that are not mapped, began with mobilizations and legal actions aimed at protecting their health and the environment.

 

In this context, an information gathering of new conflicts has begun in order to expand "Agrochemical Emergency" database. An update work was also started on those communities already mapped on the website.

 

In the same way, the possibility of incorporating existing cases in other federal states of the Argentine Republic is evaluated. Likewise, the legal resources are being updated, and the possibility of incorporating testimonies from those who accessed and used the "agrochemical emergency" information is being considerated.

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The website launched a couple of months ago is structured based on three objectives. The first is to raise awareness about socio-environmental conflicts caused by the use given to agrochemicals in the province of Córdoba. The second is to provide information and legal resources, tools for the empowerment of communities in their fight for their rights to health and to healthy environment. The third one is to raise visibility of conflicts through a collaborative platform in which new conflicts can be incorporated, thereby expanding the content.

So far, the “Agrochemical Emergency” site has demonstrated its efficiency in terms of access to legal resources to face the agrochemical problem. Members of different local communities of the Province of Córdoba have been reached through the web portal and they contacted us for inquires and assessment. Based on the legal resources available on the site, various communities have initiated legal action against illegal spraying.

On the other hand, existing conflicts have moved forward, at the same time there has been emergence of new conflicts. We are developing a mapping update by carrying out a survey of the available information and the generation of new community files.

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After a research process carried out during 2018, in June we launched the "Agrochemical Emergency" web.

The website is structured based on three objectives. The first is raise awareness about socio-environmental conflicts related to the use of agrochemicals in the province of Córdoba. The second is to provide information and legal resources, tools for the empowerment of communities in their fight for their rights to health and to healthy environment. In the third place, we seek to raise visibility of conflicts through a collaborative platform in which new conflicts can be incorporated, thereby expanding the content.

The mapping on the website is based on an analysis of information collected since 2008, mainly from newspaper articles and online publications related to 17 communities affected by the application of agrochemicals. This includes the towns of Malvinas Argentinas, Barrio Ituzaingo, Channels, Dique Chico, Tyrolean Colony, Alta Gracia, Skirt of Carmen, Colonel Moldes, Marcos Juárez, Montecristo, San Francisco, Huinca Renanco, Morrison, Pozo del Molle, Monte Maíz, Cosquín and Oncativo.

Evidences about "agrochemical emergency" that is lived in the towns of the province of Córdoba are strong enough to structure community based claims. The use of agrochemicals without adequate control by the authorities, non-compliance with current regulations regarding application distances -which also become ineffective for the protection of populations-, are factors that not only affect the environment but also turn into a public health problem. Through the platform they can be made visible, providing a collaborative and open tool that allows the incorporation of new conflicts and access to legal instruments that allow access to environmental justice.

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Credits: Diario La Voz
Credits: Diario La Voz

During 2018 we worked on the mapping of socio-environmental conflicts related to the use of agrochemicals in the province of Córdoba, Argentina. We have been building an online platform called "Agrochemical Emergency" that will soon be able to the public. Its objective is to identify and visualize problems in the different parts of the corners of the province related to the indiscriminate application of agrochemicals, with direct impact in human rights and in life, health and a healthy environment.

The platform describes the conflicts in detail, in order to serve as a tool for information, education and awareness about the problem. Also, it will be a resource to identify the people who defend their right to health and a healthy environment.

In total, we identified 17 communities in vulnerable situations: Malvinas Argentinas, Barrio Ituzaingo, Canals, Dique Chico, Colonia Tirolesa, Alta Gracia, Falda del Carmen, Coronel Moldes, Marcos Juárez, Montecristo, San Francisco, Huinca Renanco, Morrison, Pozo del Molle, Monte Maíz, Cosquín y Oncativo.

Agrochemical emergency is an open and public platform, and the idea is that any person can incorporate new information or new conflicts. Whether from Córdoba or other provinces, in order to locate and make visible the largest number of cases, and achieve greater awareness about this problem.

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