The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is the intergovernmental treaty that aims to protect the world's plants, agricultural products and natural resources from plant pests. Ratified by 185 contracting parties, the IPPC develops, adopts and promotes the application of International Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) as the main tool to safeguard global food security, facilitate safe trade and protect the environment.
Keeping plants healthy means safeguarding global food security. Protecting plants and plant resources and important crops from pests will help feed an increasingly hungry world.
Facilitating the safe trade of goods by applying international phytosanitary standards will help mitigate the negative impacts of plant pests on the environment, economies and livelihoods.
Protecting plants and plant resources from the impact of a warming climate will mitigate the introduction and spread of invasive species, and thus helps to protect the environment and biodiversity.