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Use of the PCE as a tool to improve plant biosecurity in the Pacific region

Posted on Wed, 25 Aug 2010, 10:10

Taro root beetle (Papuana woodlarkiana) - photo by Amy Carmichael Queensland University of TechnologyThe Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) tool was developed by the IPPC Secretariat as a tool for use by countries to self assess their capacity to implement the Convention and the application of International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs). The use of the PCE by many countries has demonstrated that it is a valuable tool that allows countries to establish their own national strategic plan and priorities for phytosanitary capacity development.

Recently fourteen states in the Pacific Island Community (Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, Niue, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea ...

Tags: PCEplant biosecurityPacific region
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COPE to respond to phytosanitary needs in Eastern Africa

Posted on Mon, 23 Aug 2010, 10:10

Group photo - COPE Project Management Committee

The Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE) in Eastern Africa is being established with support from the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF). COPE’s mission is to provide phytosanitary capacity building services to clients in the public and private sectors, so that countries are better able to prevent the introduction and spread of plant pests and meet the phytosanitary requirements of international trade. COPE’s primary services will include training (both short courses and university accredited courses) and pest risk analyses.

The IPPC is a member of COPE’s Project Management Committee (PMC) and ...

Tags: COPEPhytosanitaryEastern Africa
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Australian funds support raising awareness about the IPPC

Posted on Thu, 12 Aug 2010, 10:10

Fruit fly exclusion zone in Australia, photo by LonghairIPPC member countries share the common goal of "Cooperation between nations in protecting the world’s cultivated and natural plant resources from the spread and introduction of pests of plants, while minimizing interference with the international movement of goods and people." Thus, the IPPC is relevant to the livelihoods of farmers, trade, agriculture and protection of the environment.

Funding from Australia is supporting the IPPC communications and advocacy programme which will highlight the importance of the IPPC in facilitating the safe trade of plants and plant products, and in protecting food security ...

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Technical Panel talks Treatments, From Melon Flies to Microwave Irradiation

Posted on Thu, 12 Aug 2010, 10:10

The Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments met in Kyoto, Japan July 26-30, 2010.

There were a total of 33 treatments to be considered by the Panel. Of these, 19 were treatments the Panel had previously considered including some that had been returned by the SC for clarification and others returned from MC for resolution. The remaining 14 treatments were new submissions received in 2009 and 2010. The breakdown of these follows:

Previous Treatments

(2) VHT

(6) ISPM-15

(3) IR

(8) CTs

New Treatments

(9) HT

(5) CT

The Panel made the following decisions:

1) Recommended the SC approve the following ...

Tags: Technical PanelTPMelon FliesMicrowave Irradiation
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New Zealand supports working group on Minimizing pest movement by sea containers

Posted on Fri, 06 Aug 2010, 10:10

Loading sea containersA donation of USD 50,000 from New Zealand's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) will finance an expert working group (EWG) to prepare a draft standard on "Minimizing pest movement by sea containers and conveyances in international trade".

Sea containers (i.e. 20- and 40-foot intermodal freight or shipping containers) are a significant pathway for the potential entry of pests, as they are now the most common means of transfer of internationally traded goods and moving personal effects.

Nominations are being sought for experts to participate in the EWG (deadline extended to 30 October).

Tags: New ZealandPest MovementSea Containers
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Valuable support from the EU supports participation in IPPC work programme

Posted on Thu, 05 Aug 2010, 10:10

Discussions during workshop on draft ISPMsTo ensure that the work of the IPPC is relevant, of high quality and acceptable to the membership as a whole, it is vitally important that contracting parties participate in the key meetings that establish and carry out the IPPC work programme.

Increasing member countries’ participation in the IPPC is a high priority. One means by which this is achieved is by providing representatives of low income countries with funding assistance to attend meetings. For the past eight years the European Union has provide valuable funding assistance for the participation of developing countries in IPPC ...

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