GEF-UNEP Project On Phasing Out DDT
The Government of India is currently implementing a Global Environment Facility (GEF) project to phase out DDT and replace it with suitable eco-friendly alternatives considering India’s commitment to the Stockholm Convention to phase out DDT. There are multiple agencies involved in the implementation of this project, including the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), CSIR-NEERI (National Environmental Engineering Research Institute) Nagpur, and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
In this context, UNEP tasked Toxics Link to develop guidance documents for Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN), Bt-bio larvicides and Neem-based products as alternatives to DDT. The guidance documents were meant to fulfil necessary regulatory requirements by the producers, registration holders and users of DDT Alternatives. The guidance documents were prepared after due consultations with the experts from the National Centre for Vector Borne Disease Control; Ministry of Ayush, Government of India; Central Insecticide Board & Registration Committee (CIB&RC) under Ministry of Agriculture, Central Pollution Control Board, State health departments, State pollution control boards, State agriculture departments, industries, and multiple field visits.