|Community based pesticide action monitoring (CPAM)|
Community-based monitoring is a locally-based process of documenting the effects of pesticides.
Community Pesticide Action Monitoring (CPAM) was developed by PAN Asia and the Pacific in the 1990’s to document and create awareness of pesticide impacts. CPAM is done with informed and consenting communities (especially women and under represented groups), based on Participatory Action Research, and encouraging organising and action among the community members. External (NGO) partners are accountable for providing legal or medical support and sharing alternatives (such as biodiversity based ecological agriculture and integrated pest management) if needed. CPAM was used by Malaysian plantation workers to identify paraquat as a major problem, and take action to prevent further exposure. Communities in Kasargod District, Kerala (India) successfully used CPAM to identify health and environmental impacts of endosulfan and achieved a state ban.
PAN UK has worked closely with PAN Africa since 2004 to use this approach in Africa, including managing a project to transfer the methodology from Asia to Africa . Since 2006, a number of community health and environmental monitoring projects have been completed by African partner NGOs.
PAN UK is a member of the PAN International Working Group on CBM, and collaborates with other PAN groups to further develop this approach. From 2008, the results of monitoring from around the world have been shared and disseminated at international meetings and with governments to cover the gap in monitoring of pesticide poisoning in developing countries. A Global Report was published in 2010.