The Danish Pesticide Leaching Assessment Programme. Monitoring results May 1999 – June 2020

Nora Badawi, Sachin Karan, Eline B. Haarder, Annette E. Rosenbom, Lasse Gudmundsson, Carl H. Hansen, Carsten B. Nielsen, Finn Plauborg, Kirsten Kørup, Preben Olsen

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In 1998, the Danish Parliament initiated the Danish Pesticide Leaching Assessment Programme (PLAP), which is an intensive monitoring programme aimed at evaluating the leaching risk of pesticides under field conditions. The Danish Government funded the first phase of the programme from 1998 to 2001. The programme has now been prolonged several times, initially with funding from the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries for the period 2002 to 2009, and then from the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the period 2010 to 2018. Additionally, funding for establishing a new test field, designated to be included in the monitoring programme for 2016-2018, was provided in the Danish Finance Act for the fiscal year of 2015. The establishment of the new test field was, however, delayed and not initiated until the autumn of 2016. In April 2017, PLAP received funding until 2021 via the Pesticide Strategy 2017-2021 set by the Danish Government.

The work was conducted by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), the Department of Agroecology (AGRO) at Aarhus University, and the Department of Ecoscience (ECOS) at Aarhus University, under the direction of a management group comprising Nora Badawi (GEUS), Annette E. Rosenbom (GEUS), Preben Olsen (AGRO), Kirsten Kørup Sørensen (AGRO), Sachin Karan (GEUS), Carsten B. Nielsen (ECOS), Steen Marcher (Danish EPA) and Signe Bonde Rasmussen (Danish EPA).

Maria Sommer Holtze (Danish EPA) chairs the steering group, and the members are Steen Marcher (Danish EPA), Per Kudsk (AGRO), John Jensen (ECOS), Claus Kjøller (GEUS), and the project leader Nora Badawi (GEUS).

This report presents the results for the period May 1999–June 2020 with focus on the leaching risk of pesticides applied during the monitoring period July 2018-June 2020. Results are reported annually, and the present report should therefore be regarded as a continuation of previous reports. All reports covering results from previous years and links to associated peer-reviewed articles are available at
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages238
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-7871-550-0
ISBN (Print)978-87-7871-549-4
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2022

Publication series

SeriesThe Danish Pesticide Leaching Assessment Programme. Monitoring results



Programme Area

  • Programme Area 2: Water Resources


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