Ibama’s Environmental Reassessment of Pesticides to Protect Bees

Ibama’s decision to restrict the use of certain pesticides is part of its ongoing reassessment process. This process, now called re-analysis under the new Pesticide Law (No. 14.785/2023), involves a thorough review of the active ingredients or components found in registered pesticides. If risks to environmental safety are identified, Ibama will take the necessary measures, including restrictions on use.

Environmental Reassessments for Bee Protection
Since launching environmental assessments in 2012, Ibama has made significant progress in protecting bees and other pollinating insects. The Institute has developed and refined the technique of environmental risk assessment and introduced the first Brazilian standard on the subject, Normative Instruction No. 2 of 2017, as well as the Manual for the Environmental Risk Assessment of Pesticides for Bees.

The environmental assessment also takes into account data from other countries. According to Normative Instruction No. 17 of 2009, the reassessment is based on a technical dossier that includes scientific information from international sources and evaluations carried out by other global regulatory agencies. However, the primary focus remains on pesticide use in Brazil and the specific conditions of the country’s landscapes.

The importance of protecting pollinators
Alan Alves Ferro, Coordinator General of the Evaluation and Control of Chemical Substances at Ibama, emphasizes that the protection of pollinators, especially bees, contributes to the maintenance of biodiversity and ecological balance. The protection of these organisms is crucial for the reproduction of different plant species, which has an impact on agricultural crops and highlights the link between environmental protection and food production.

Ibama has faced challenges and criticism in implementing the environmental assessment of pesticides in Brazil. Despite opposition, Ibama remains committed to its scientific and regulatory approach, recognizing the importance of diverse perspectives in a democratic society.

Ibama’s involvement in the environmental reassessment of pesticides reflects its commitment to sustainable practices and the protection of vital ecosystems. The Institute’s efforts contribute not only to the conservation of bees and pollinators, but also to the overall health of Brazil’s environment.