A key task for ENDURE is the creation of the ENDURE Network of Advisers (ENA), a forum for sharing knowledge on issues relating to crop production in general and plant protection in particular all over Europe. The forum is being supported by the ENDURE Information Centre (ENDURE IC), the online database which contains a variety of ready-to-use information and experimental results related to Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
Membership of ENA is free of charge and membership is open not only to advisers connected to the ENDURE network but to any advisers (state, private and company) who are directly involved in advising farmers on a daily basis and are interested in sharing their knowledge and experiences with colleagues across Europe.
ENA membership provides advisers with the opportunity to gather knowledge about IPM from international colleagues, thus improving the quality of advice they can offer to farmers. Members will also play an integral part in improving ENDURE IC and through the connection with ENDURE will have a direct link to European pesticide policy.
"One of the main objectives of ENDURE is to ensure that advisers and growers in Europe are able to practically implement any IPM-related recommendations,” explained ENA coordinators Jens-Erik Jensen and Rolf Thostrup Poulsen, from the Danish Agricultural Advisory Service (DAAS). “This underlines the need for a group of advisers willing and able to test these recommendations under ‘real life’ conditions.”
ENDURE will be generating an online directory of ENA members and it is expected advisers themselves will become responsible for sustaining the network. It is believed advisers will form smaller networks of specialised advisers, for example those working on potato or fruit production, thus streamlining the work of the network and making it even more relevant for members. DAAS will represent ENDURE in the ENA and ensure that ENDURE’s outputs are disseminated to the relevant ENA members.
Registration for the ENA is simple. First click here, which will open a web page in your internet browser enabling you to enter your e-mail address. When you have done this, click the X to close the window. You will shortly receive an automatic e-mail message giving you a new and personal link which you can use to register as a member of the ENA. This personal link will also allow you to change your registration details should the need arise.