The global project on Strengthening the Capacity of Developing Contracting Parties (CPs) is implemented by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat under the Framework of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation (SSC) Programme.
The IPPC-China Project's overall objective is to strengthen the capacity of developing countries to implement the IPPC and its International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs). It has a total budget of USD 2 million for four years (2017-2020)
In recent years, some Contracting Parties to the IPCC, predominantly developed countries have made significant advances in developing systems for electronic certification. These have often required considerable resources to develop the electronic tools necessary for producing and receiving electronic certificates and in negotiating bilateral agreements with trading partners to allow for exchange. In 2015, the Standards and Trade Development Facility approved funding for the IPPC Secretariat to develop and implement: (i) a generic national system available to developing countries for the production, sending and receipt of electronic phytosanitary certificates and (ii) an internationally accessible hub to facilitate the transfer of electronic certificates between NPPOs. The combination of these two systems, referred to as "the ePhyto Solution" will make it easier for countries (especially those with limited resources) to start exchanging electronic phytosanitary certificates for their export consignments and to receive certificates for imported consignments.
The IPPC has initiated a global project funded by the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) aimed at training a pool of PCE facilitators. Several regional trainings will be undertaken in 2016. In addition to the above global project, the IPPC supports the assessment of national phytosanitary capacity through numerous regional or country specific projects (mostly implemented through the FAO Technical Cooperation Programme). These projects facilitate the application of the PCE including, in a majority of cases, a thorough legal analysis with legal recommendations.
The IRSS is an EU funded project. The aim of the project is to provide the IPPC with a platform to compile and analyze global and regional plant protection information concerning implementation challenges of the IPPC and its standards. The results of the IRSS work programme serve to contribute to the improvement of IPPC standards and to improve the implementation actions of the Convention and for the contracting parties. The IRSS provides a Helpdesk feature which promotes cooperation and assistance between contracting parties as well as the greater plant protection community. A key feature of the helpdesk is the phytosanitary resources page which provides a home for over 300 technical resources and tools for use by contracting parties.