The insect killing our palm trees
EU efforts to stop the Red Palm Weevil
In the European Union, palm trees are ornamental plants with high environmental, economic and cultural value, mainly in the Mediterranean countries. Red Palm Weevil is a harmful insect that is native to eastern Asia. It first arrived in the EU in Spain in 1996 through imported palm trees. Over the years it spread to all the Mediterranean EU Member States and to Portugal. The EU aims to prevent the insect's further spread, or where still feasible to eradicate it.
- Corporate author(s): Directorate-General for Health and Consumers (European Commission) - Now known as... - Now known as... Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (European Commission) Themes: Environment policy and protection of the environment , Plant health
- Subject: destruction of crops , EU environmental policy , fight against insects , plant health legislation , plant resources , protection of plant life