Alternative Development

Project Name:

Environmental and Human Health Assessment of the Aerial Spray Program for Coca and Poppy Control in Colombia

Start date /Duration:

1 year (February 2004 - April 2005)


The Amazon region, Caqueta, Lomeria, Guaviare; Amazonian Plain, Putumayo; foothills of the Catatumbo region in Tibu, North Santander; in the Magdalena and Cauca Medio region, Southern Bolivar; and the Colombian massif region and high Andean forest in the Department of Tolima



Participating Institutions:

The Government of Colombia




United Kingdom 

Project Description:

The overall objective of the project is to produce a scientifically based evaluation of the use of glysphosate and adjuvants in the control of coca production in Colombia. The specific focus of this project will be on the risk assessment and the research components. 

Two different teams are participating in the project: a Scientific Assessment Team and a Permanent Technical Mobile Monitoring Group, that are expected to work very closely with one another. 

The Scientific Assessment Team (SAT) will review publications and reports on the uses of glyphosate and adjuvants; conduct site visits; formulate questions and hypotheses; design field studies to collect local data; assess data and incorporate them into risk assessment; refine risk assessment; incorporate new data into risk assessment; and complete risk assessment.

The Permanent Technical Mobile Monitoring Group (PTG) will collect information on local issues and questions, which they will give to SAT; conduct field sampling and analysis from the design plans of the SAT; and conduct more field sampling and analysis after SAT refines the risk assessment the first time.

Results of the assessment are hoped to be obtained in one year.


The objectives of the assessment are to provide a science-and data-based evaluation of the eradication program with key focuses on environment and human health, a collection of data for use in the assessment, address specific concerns that have been raised, and make the results known to the public and scientific community. 
  • Perform a visibly independent, high-quality scientific study of the Aerial Spray Program in Colombia on key impacts that glyphosate spraying has on people, fauna/flora and the environment.
  • Establish a mobile monitoring mechanism capable of periodic random evaluations, investigating specific allegations and responding to specific controversies.
  • Deliver results possibly within a year from the project start date.
  • Promote the results as strongly as the science which underlies them.

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