Wildlife One's Prevention of pesticides in public spaces policy ( PPIPS)
Wildlife One’s PPIPS policy aims to align with the charity’s overall goals of making conservation practical, actionable, and accountable. Intangible goals, promises and idealistic vision are wonderful concepts but too often in the realm of conservation, these idealistic scenarios get in the way of organisations making any real, impactful change.
Not at Wildlife One.
The PIPPS policy that we advocate attempts to uphold our key value of practicality, through advocating attainable targets that organisations can achieve. Through our research, we have identified 4 core principles that we ask each institution we approach to stake their commitment. Ultimately, helping us battle to reduce the number of pesticides in use across the nation and give British wildlife a fighting chance.
Commit to lower pesticide use by at least 20% by 2026
In conjunction with the government’s net zero targets, many organisations have become more and more environmentally aware. As part of this awareness, we are asking all of our PPIPS partners to make a commitment to reduce their pesticide use by a minimum of 20% over the next four years. We believe this is the practical goal as it is only a 5% difference each year. Our research suggests that enacting further policy changes in our PPIPS scheme will likely attain this target by default.
Only use pesticides when necessary
We ask each PPIPS-associated organisation to wholeheartedly commit to authorising the use of pesticides only in appropriate locations, where there is a tangible benefit to either the public or the ecosystem. This principle aims to circumvent the casual blanket use of pesticides which we have seen so prevalent in the modern-day era across all of Britain.
Avoid hedgerows and boundaries
We also ask each organisation to make a solemn vow that no hedgerow or green border Will have to endure the use of pesticides. Wildlife one sincerely believes the hedgerows and green borders are one of the most important aspects of the rural, semi-rural and urban ecosystems across Great Britain. These environments are used not only by birds but by hedgehogs, moles, frogs and a whole plethora of insectoids and other species as feeding grounds, homes, and protection from predators. As such, their desecration through the use of pesticides strikes a devastating blow into the heart of almost any ecosystem. Simply by avoiding the use of pesticides in these safe zones, organisations across the country could radically change the survival rates and integrity of the food chain for the better.
Commit to using specifically targeted pesticides where they are necessary
Sticking to a mantra of making conservation practical, Wildlife One fully understands that in some cases councils, housing associations, and other land-owning bodies have no other choice but to use pesticides to combat specific problems. However, we ask these institutions as part of their commitment to the British environment to recognise the devastating nature of these pesticides, and in-turn to commit to employing them, not only sparingly, but in a way that targets specific problems. This would then ensure that their use was not entirely devastating to the ecosystem but still tackled the problems in a necessary manner. Wildlife one is more than happy to commit to providing industry experts and contacts whom organisations can approach for advice to target specific problems while enacting minimal damage to the ecosystem.
Our efforts towards Protecting wildlife from Pesticides was a natural step that cam about due to our Hedgehog drive. This informed our overall gaol, but then a research project was Commissioned to Determined the most Impactful, Yet practical policy Standpoints.
Any company can become a PIPS partner. However, Wildlife One focus on reaching out to local councils, housing Associations and parks across the nation, and ask private companies to reach out to us directly.
PPIPS is an Accredited Scheme which is Supported by a number of Organisations. By becoming a PPIPS partner, each Organisation is entitled to display our PPIPS partner Accreditation seal, which lets organisations know that you are behaving in a responsible, sustainable manner.
All organisations that Register with the wildlife one Society and make a commitment to be a PPIPS partner are given the use of our PPIPS Certified badge, Alongside being given their own designated PPIPS number, which can be Cheeked through contacting the Society.
Volunteers at Wildlife One regulate the policy. When a organisation joins up they will Likely have a conversation with a member of the Wildlife One team around the practical steps they can take, and how the process works. Wildlife One will then asses each Organisation Every year to ensure it has maintained its agreement to the PPIPS Polices. Spot checks are also Occasionally carried out.
Absolutely! As part of our regulation, we randomly survey random areas controlled by our PPIPS Partners and may make a random phone call to ask staff about protocols. Multiple failures or a refusal to work towards Changing process could result in PPIPS partnership being revoked.
Become an acredited PPIPS partner...
Every PPIPS partner is given a Membership number and is given full permission to display the PPIPS Accreditation seal anywhere they so choose. If you organisation is Interested In demonstrating a commitment to Suitability and Conservation, please click the link below.