Call for Pest Outbreak Alert from Contracting Parties

Posted on Tue, 28 Jan 2020, 14:42

Deadline on Fri, 06 Mar 2020, 22:55

During CPM-14 (2019), the concept of emerging pests and emergency issues was discussed and several countries expressed concern regarding the outbreaks of Spodoptera frugiperda (Fall Armyworm), strongly advocating for Strengthening Pest Outbreak Alert and Response Systems, as there are currently no such global systems in place within the IPPC Community.

CPM-14 (2019) clarified that reports submitted and statements made as part of this standing CPM agenda item should address the following points:

  • be oriented towards pest outbreaks that are regional in nature or have the potential to have regional impacts;
  • identify the nature of the damage caused or expected, plant resources at risk, the endangered area(s) and other relevant potential plant health, environmental or economic consequences;
  • describe what measures if any, have been taken and what the results of these efforts have been;
  • indicate, if known, what role the FAO and any other international organizations are playing, or are planning, in relation to the outbreak;
  • clarify precisely what role the FAO, IPPC Secretariat or RPPOs could play in helping contracting parties respond to the outbreak.

The IPPC Secretariat is currently involved globally in the prevention of Spodoptera frugiperda (Fall Armyworm) and of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense Tropical Race 4 (TR4) (Fusarium Wilt TR4) and these pests will be included in the IPPC programme on Strengthening Pest Outbreak Alert and Response Systems. Contracting Parties are therefore invited NOT to provide an update on these two pests but rather provide alerts on other pest outbreaks which could have regional impacts.

All submissions received by the deadline and addressing the above points will be compiled into a CPM document.

A maximum of three (3) alerts will be further selected by the IPPC Secretariat based geographic representation and diversity of the pests for a 5 minute intervention by the submitter.

Please send your proposal to Sarah Brunel ([email protected]) by the 6th of March 2020 (no proposal will be accepted after that date), with a one page summary addressing the points listed above in an FAO official language.

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