Termites are small, white to tan, sometimes black insects. They have an important role in recycling plant material and improving soils, but they also damage buildings and crops. To prevent or stop damage, chemicals including certain POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) have been used against termites (see POP termiticides).
The Stockholm Convention aims at protecting health and the environment from POPs, starting with a list of twelve POPs. Five have been used against termites: aldrin, dieldrin, heptachlor, chlordane and mirex. Alternative termite management options are not always readily available, however, and Parties may request time-limited exemptions to use specific POPs against termites.
UNEP and FAO established the Global Termite Expert Group to assist countries in finding sustainable alternatives by providing guidance and information materials and technical support.
This Information System on POP Termiticides and Alternatives aims to provide easy access to relevant information and guidance materials on termites and options for their management without POP termiticides.