In 2001, the Risk Reduction Project organised a workshop on the economics of pesticide risk reduction (Copenhagen) to respond to a recommendation from an earlier workshop on integrated pest management (Neuchâtel, 1998) to "analyse and make transparent the costs and benefits of different pest control systems." The Neuchâtel workshop concluded that such analyses would show that integrated pest management (IPM) not only reduces risks but can also be the most economical approach to farming in the long run.
The Workshop on the economics of pesticide risk reduction provided an occasion for OECD governments and experts from the relevant disciplines to discuss ways to assess the economic impacts of pest control and risk reduction at both farm and national level. The workshop also discussed ways to incorporate economic analysis in pesticide policy. The Report of the OECD Workshop on the Economics of Pesticide Risk Reduction (Copenhagen, 2001) summarises the discussions, highlighting conclusions and recommendations for further work.
As a follow-up to the Copenhagen workshop, a network of experts on economics of pesticide risk reduction has been established in 2004, to foster exchange of experiences and information, and to promote the use of economic analyses in pesticide policy making.