Viewing items from March, 2015

Compiled comments on draft specifications posted!

Posted on Fri, 27 Mar 2015, 16:45

Compiled comments for member consultation on draft specifications have been posted on the IPP:

NPPOs and RPPOs can check the above documents to make sure that comments correctly reflect those entered into the OCS by their contact points.

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Photo contest winners

Posted on Fri, 20 Mar 2015, 16:05

Aproceros leucopoda young larva feeding on Ulmus cultivar 'Resista' by Thomas Schröder

Dr Thomas Schröder, of the Institute for National and International Plant Health in Braunschweig, Germany, has won first prize in the inaugural Pests Without Borders photo contest organized by the Capacity Development Committee of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).

Dr Schröder’s picture of a young larva of the zig zag elm sawfly (Aproceros leucopoda) feeding on a leaf was selected by friends of the IPPC on Facebook and by delegates to the 10th meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures, the IPPC governing body, which ended ...

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Pest management to protect forests

Posted on Fri, 20 Mar 2015, 14:48

Mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) has destroyed about 16 million ha of forests and 675 million cubic metres of timber in British Columbia and east of the Rockies in Alberta. With care, timber can be treated to eliminate pests, permitting safe export. Photo credit: Canadian Forest Service.

Pest management to protect forests

As the world gears up to mark the 3rd annual International Day of Forests tomorrow (21 March), it is worth remembering that in order to deliver the many benefits being celebrated, forests need to be healthy.

The theme of International Day of Forests this year is Forests | Climate ...

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Updated 12.03.2015 - Announcement: Capacity Development pre-CPM – 10 Training Session, Side Sessions, Market Places and Special Topics

Posted on Tue, 10 Mar 2015, 15:57

Updated schedule of the Capacity Development pre-CPM – 10 Training Session, Side Sessions, Market places and Special Topics can be seen here.

A capacity development training session, range of side sessions, market places places and special topics will take place during the week of the tenth session of the Commission on the Phytosanitary Measures (16 – 20 March 2015) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

The training session will take place on the Sunday before the CPM, and the side sessions will take place during the week. A new format of lively and concrete exchanges will be held this year under the ...

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IPPC Photo Contest: Pests without Borders!

Posted on Tue, 10 Mar 2015, 11:54

The three finalist photos and thirty shortlisted photos of the Photo Contest Pest without Borders are available at

Vote now for the winners here.

Deadline for the online voting is 19 March 2015 at 6pm.

In addition to the online voting, in-person voting will take place at the CPM-10 cocktail reception event on the evening of 19th of March, Rome.

The IPPC Secretariat and the Capacity Development Committee (CDC) has launched a photo contest through its Phytosanitary Resource page. Pictures must relate to three thematic areas: pests, the impact of pests affecting food security and ...

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New head for NAPPO

Posted on Tue, 10 Mar 2015, 11:40

Dr Stephanie Bloem has been appointed the new executive director of the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) and will assume her duties on 01 July 2015. She will manage the NAPPO Secretariat’s human and financial resources while leading the fulfilment of the NAPPO Executive Committee’s strategic plan and priority goals for North America.

The Secretariat of the IPPC congratulates Dr Bloem on her appointment and looks forward to a continued close working relationship.

Dr Bloem has a licentiate degree in biology from Del Valley University in Guatemala City, Guatemala, and a doctorate in entomology from the University ...

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e-Phyto gets a go-ahead

Posted on Tue, 10 Mar 2015, 11:35

Every year, millions of phytosanitary certificates are created, printed, and exchanged between countries as part of the global trade in plant products. These certificates reassure importers that the products have been inspected and found to be free of the kinds of pests that could devastate their local economy by harming agriculture or the environment.

This essential effort is costly in terms of time and resources. That complex, costly and bureaucratic process could now become a thing of the past. Yesterday (17 March 2015) the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), agreed ...

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First Expert Consultation on draft Diagnostic Protocols in 2015 is now open on the IPP!

Posted on Tue, 10 Mar 2015, 11:29

The First Expert Consultation on draft Diagnostic Protocols in 2015 is now open on the on IPP for:

Fusarium moniliformis / moniforme syn. F. circinatum (2006-021)

Phytophthora ramorum (2004-013)

Dendroctonus ponderosae syn. Scolytus scolytus (2006-019)

The closing date is 24 April 2015.

If you are interested in commenting, please access the expert consultation on draft DPs webpage.

In order to download and comment on a draft diagnostic protocol, please write to to request access to the protocol you are interested in.

In your email, please specify: 1. Your institution, 2.The draft protocol you want to comment upon ...

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4-8 May 2015 SC meeting: provisional agenda posted

Posted on Fri, 06 Mar 2015, 10:14

The Standards Committee (SC) 2015 May meeting will be held on 4-8 May 2015 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The public provisional agenda can be viewed from this link.

The draft ISPMs that will be presented to the SC at their 2015 May meeting are posted in the SC restricted area through this link. They are available for national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) and regional plant protection oragnizations (RPPOs) to download (login the IPP before clicking on the link). Please note that draft specifications presented to the SC approval will be posted later (member consultation closed on 20 February ...

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New IPPC Secretary Named

Posted on Thu, 05 Mar 2015, 11:22

Mr. Jingyuan Xia of the People’s Republic of China has been named by FAO Director General Graziano da Silva as the next Secretary of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). Mr. Xia has a BSc in plant protection, as well as an MSc and PhD in entomology. He has held several senior positions with Chinese agricultural institutions and most recently has been Permanent Representative and Minister Plenipotentiary to FAO. Mr. Xia will be taking over the position of Mr. Yukio Yokoi who resigned from the position of Secretary and has since taken up a position as Senior Advisor in ...

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