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Working towards a stronger focus on IPPC Implementation: the Working Group on the Pilot Project on Surveillance convened

Posted on Thu, 30 Jun 2016, 12:22

The Informal Working Group on the IPPC Implementation Pilot Project on Surveillance, attended by 13 plant pest surveillance experts, was held in Bangkok Thailand on 11th – 12th of June 2016. Organized by the APPPC with the cooperation of the Republic of Korea, the meeting brought together representatives from Australia, Brazil, Japan, The Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Thailand, EPPO, CIHEAM, the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and the IPPC Secretariat.

What is the IPPC Implementation Pilot on Surveillance?

The pilot project on surveillance aims to draw together pest surveillance managers and experts to exchange experiences, discuss challenges ...

Tags: IPPC implementation facilitationIPPC Implementation Pilot on SurveillancePhytosanitary ResourcesXylella fastidiosaBactrocera Dorsalis ComplexInvasive Ants
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Argentina will be the host to the 9th Meeting of the Tephritid Workers of the Western Hemisphere

Posted on Fri, 24 Jun 2016, 15:41

Argentina will be the host to the 9th Meeting of the Tephritid Workers of the Western Hemisphere (TWWH), to be held from 16 to 21 October at the Auditorio Buenos Aires, in Recoleta, Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA). The group meets every four years and brings together between 250 and 300 people from the scientific and academic fields, public officers, and supplier industries of inputs and services.

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Opening of consultation on draft standards to the IPPC Community

Posted on Fri, 24 Jun 2016, 11:05

Starting on 1 July 2016 the IPPC Community will be using the new Online Comment System (OCS) to provide comments on draft standards, thus enhancing the transparency and inclusiveness of the standard setting process. With that said, the IPPC Secretariat is delighted to highlight an unprecedented total of 17 drafts going for simultaneous consultation further emphasizing the importance and significance of each country’s comments.

The 2016 first and subsequent consultation on draft ISPMs will open on 1 July 2016, and it will last 90 days, closing on 30 September 2016.

The following draft ISPMs were submitted for consultation by ...

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Improving Secretariat team work and delivery

Posted on Fri, 17 Jun 2016, 16:05

On the initiative of Mr Jingyuan Xia, Secretary to IPPC, the IPPC Secretariat held a small workshop on 15 June 2016 with the objective of introducing and discussing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to strengthen cooperation in the Secretariat. The workshop was facilitated by Mr Darren Brown and was attended by 19 Secretariat staff of all grades and responsibilities. While the workshop only lasted 2 hours, the outcome was positive. Indeed, the participants noted and appreciated the commitment, the engagement and the enthusiasm exhibited by the staff. The facilitator observed that the staff‘s potential and will to work ...

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Strengthening of Cooperation between the IPPC and STDF

Posted on Thu, 16 Jun 2016, 09:29

Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, had a meeting with Mr Melvin Spreij, the Secretary of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) on 15 June 2016, at FAO-HQ in Rome, Italy. Mr Craig Fedchock (the IPPC Coordinator), Ms Sarah Brunel (the IPPC Implementation Officer) and Mr Marko Benovic (the IPPC Finance Officer), also attended the meeting. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss a number of topics related to projects funded by STDF, projects ongoing and potential next steps for moving forward in the relationship between the two organizations.

Ms Brunel reviewed the report of the most ...

Tags: ePhytoSTDFcapacity developmentCapacity Development Committeemanualstrade facilitationPCE
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'Biblical' moth influx threatens to devastate crops

Posted on Tue, 14 Jun 2016, 17:27

Scientists have learned that cabbage and cauliflower crops could potentially be "devastated" by a species of moth arriving from continental Europe. BBC News understands that tens of millions of diamondback moths are thought to have come to the UK in the past week. Researchers describe the species as a "super pest" because it is thought to be resistant to several insecticides. An alert has been issued by researchers at the Rothamsted Research in Harpenden in Hertfordshire.

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Strengthening the Effectiveness of the National Plant Protection Organizations

Posted on Tue, 14 Jun 2016, 16:04

The 8th Meeting of the Capacity Development Committee (CDC) convened from 23 - 27 May 2016, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The meeting, chaired by Ms. Sally Jennings of New Zealand, was attended by all 7 of the 7 CDC members from each FAO region, as well as by CPM Bureau members Ms. Kyu-Ock Yim, Mr. Corne Van Alphen and an Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) observer Ms. Lourdes Follaneras.

Key areas of discussion included the Phytosanitary Resources website progress, advances in the STDF Project 401 “Training of Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Evaluators”, the organization and scope of the ...

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Further Strengthening of Cooperation between the IPPC Secretariat and Brazil

Posted on Tue, 14 Jun 2016, 09:23

The IPPC Secretary, Mr Jingyuan Xia, met with H. E. Ms Maria Laura da Rocha, the Ambassador of the Brazilian Permanent Representation to FAO, WFP and IFAD, on 9 June 2016 in FAO-HQ. The IPPC delegation was composed of the IPPC coordinator, Mr Craig Fedchock, the Agricultural Officer in Standard Setting, Ms Adriana Moreira and the Information Exchange Officer, Mr David Nowell. The Brazilian Ambassador was accompanied by Ms Gianina Müller Pozzebon (Alternate Permanent Representative of Brazil to FAO, WFP and IFAD).

The main objectives of the meeting were to brief the concept note of the IPPC-China project on Strengthening ...

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Experimental Trap Disrupts Citrus Pest’s Love Life - controlling Asian citrus psyllids.

Posted on Mon, 06 Jun 2016, 15:54

An acoustic trap developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists may offer an environmentally friendly way to control Asian citrus psyllids. These pests transmit Huanglongbing, a devastating citrus disease also known as “citrus greening.” Infected citrus trees cannot be cured and often die within several years. Until such time, they may bear green, misshapen fruit with acidic-tasting juice, making the fruit unmarketable. Concern over the cost and long-term environmental impact of using insecticides to control psyllid populations in citrus-growing states like Florida has prompted an intensive search for alternative measures, notes Richard Mankin, an entomologist with USDA’s ...

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New IPPC draft standards progressing for consultation

Posted on Sat, 04 Jun 2016, 13:28

The Standards Committee Working Group (SC-7) met from 16 to 20 May at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. Mr Nico HORN (The Netherlands) and Mr Ezequiel FERRO (Argentina) chaired the meeting. All FAO regions were represented in the meeting.

The SC-7 reviewed comments from previous consultations on four draft ISPMs. The SC-7 requested that the draft Annex 1 and 2 to ISPM 15 (Regulation of wood packaging material in international trade) for inclusion and revision of the phytosanitary treatment sulphuryl fluoride fumigation of wood packaging material (2006-010A and 2006-010B) be sent back to the Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments (TPPT ...

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