The Implementation Review and Support System (IRSS) meeting on the study Analyzing the benefits of implementing the IPPC took place from 13-15 September 2016 in Washington DC, United States of America. The meeting, chaired by Ms Leanne Stewart (the IRSS consultant of the IPPC Secretariat), was attended by seven selected experts from the fields of plant health, trade, international economics and environmental protection.
This IRSS study seeks to identify the benefits at the national, regional and global level, while also considering benefits to different stakeholders in the IPPC community. The different aspects to be considered are in relation to the Convention, international standards for phytosanitary measures (ISPMs) and achieving the IPPC strategic objectives, but also with a particular emphasis on the economic benefits of implementing the IPPC and ISPMs at the national level.
The results from the discussion group meeting will be shared with the Bureau at the October 2016 meeting, including the categories of benefits, beneficiaries and other relationships and an outline and defined scope of the study. In addition to case studies suggested at the meeting, the IRSS will seek information regarding the feature case study to be included in the study, the Mexican avocado industry, and seek input from the Bureau and the ePhyto Industry Group at their next meetings, on their perspectives of benefits. An expert consultant will utilize the results of the meeting to continue analysis of the benefits of implementing the IPPC and seeking concrete details associated with suggested case studies.
The IRSS welcomes any case studies that contracting parties, Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs) or industry can share describing how implementing the IPPC has benefited them. Please send these to Leanne Stewart