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The IPPC supports the Republic of Guinea in its 3rd application of the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation

Posted on Mon, 20 Nov 2017, 12:02

Photo Copyright Mamadouba Camara 2017. PCE Workshop participants convened in Conakry, the Republic of Guinea to apply their third and final Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation.

A third mission for the application of the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation was executed in Conakry, the Republic of Guinea the 18 – 22 September 2017. The purpose of this final mission was to formulate capacity development activities to address the capacity needs identified in the first two PCE applications, to finalize the logical frameworks related to phytosanitary legislation, and to finalize the completion of PCE modules.

The overall objective of this activity is to support Guinea in ...

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The First Meeting of the IPPC Sea Container Task Force Successfully Held in Shanghai, China

Posted on Mon, 20 Nov 2017, 11:04

The first meeting of the IPPC Sea Container Task Force (SCTF) was held from 6-10 November 2017, in Shanghai, China. The meeting was jointly organized by the IPPC Secretariat, and the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection & Quarantine (AQSIQ) of the Peoples’ Republic of China, and hosted by Shanghai Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (SHCIQ). Mr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, opened the meeting, Ms. Yijuan Li, Deputy Director General (DDG) of the AQSIQ presented a welcome address on behalf of the AQSIQ, and Mr. Yucheng Zheng, DDG of the (SHCIQ), delivered a welcome speech on behalf of the (SHCIQ).

The meeting ...

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Support to International Year of Plant Health proclamation discussed at third Steering Committee Meeting

Posted on Fri, 17 Nov 2017, 14:23

Nineteen participants from the seven FAO regions and the FAO and IPPC Secretariats took part in the third meeting of the IPPC International Year of Plant Health Steering Committee (IPPC IYPH StC), held at FAO Headquarters in Rome from 8 to 10 November 2017.

This was the first time when invited stakeholders from FAO and the International Seed Federation attended an IPPC IYPH StC meeting. The Chairperson, Mr Ralf Lopian from Finland, reminded that the final step towards the IYPH proclamation is the discussion by the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, which shall take ...

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Update: 3rd IPPC Global Symposium on ePhyto

Posted on Thu, 16 Nov 2017, 16:21

Dear Registered guests,

Please note that the hotel booking form has been uploaded on the Symposium site:

It is essential you complete this form following the given instructions. This is your final step for registration. Please complete no later than the 31st of December. If you fail to do so you will not be registered for the symposium. Please note that if you are being fully funded by the IPPC this form will be completed by the individual organizing your logistics. However if it is only your flights that are funded, it ...

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Establishment of the IPPC Sea Containers Task Force (SCTF)

Posted on Wed, 15 Nov 2017, 14:15

Photo Copyright IPPC 2016.

Sea Containers are a notorious pathway for the potential entry of pests, as they are the most common means of transfer of internationally traded goods and moving personal effects. The entry and spread of pests to new areas via sea containers could result in important control and eradication costs, losses in yields and access to export markets, and threaten food security, agriculture, as well as the environment.

The IPPC Sea Containers Task Force (SCTF) was officially formulated on 6th November 2017 on the occasion of its first meeting held in Shanghai, China, from 6-10 November 2017 ...

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Improvement of the NRO Reporting in Phytosanitary Legislations

Posted on Wed, 15 Nov 2017, 11:34

The numbers of phytosanitary legislation reports have been increasing in a stable way over the last 4 years. In the year 2014 IPPC Contact Points or their IPP editors uploaded 59 reports on the IPP; while in 2015 - 60 reports; and in 2016 - 58 reports. This year 48 reports on phytosanitary legislations have been uploaded on the IPP by countries so far. Those reports make a 40% increase in comparison to all previous years (2005-2013). Four stable record years in a row has never happened before.

Since the NRO Year of Phytosanitary Legislations has been running since April 2017 the ...

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IPPC Community strongly represented at Climate Change COP 23 in Bonn, Germany

Posted on Wed, 15 Nov 2017, 11:02

The IPPC community was strongly represented at the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP-23) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). For the first time the topic of plant health was broadly discussed at a climate change COP through a side event on organized during the COP-23 on 12 November 2017.

The main objective of the side event on climate change and plant health was to initiate discussion and raise awareness over the impacts of climate change on pest distribution and early occurrence, and subsequently on plant health and food security.

Over thirty participants attended the event, which ...

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The 29th Technical Consultation among the Regional Plant Protection Organizations convened in Paris, France

Posted on Mon, 13 Nov 2017, 10:29

EPPO 2017. TC RPPO meeting delegates participated in a technical visit to capture the phytosanitary control functioning at the Rungis wholesale market in Paris France – the largest wholesale food market in the world.

The 29th Technical Consultation (TC) among Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs) was held from the 30th October to 3 November 2017 in Paris France. The meeting was organized and hosted by the European Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) with the attendance of 9 RPPOs, and the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA), the proposed RPPO for the Caribbean region.

Meeting participants received welcome addresses from the ...

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A Successful Case for Promoting the application of the IPPC Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation Tool in Georgia

Posted on Mon, 06 Nov 2017, 12:43

Georgian National Food Agency 2017. IPPC, FAO and Georgian National Food Agency staff convene to discuss the draft phytosanitary capacity development strategic plan.

The IPPC Secretariat’s final Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) related mission was held from 15 – 21 October 2017 in Tbilisi Georgia. The purpose of the mission was to finalize the PCE application, to discuss the draft phytosanitary capacity development strategic plan, a legal review, legal recommendations, and to plan follow-up actions to implement the strategy. The overall purpose of the PCE application is to develop and implement a Phytosanitary Capacity Development Strategy for Georgia that will allow ...

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The report of the July 2017 meeting of the Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments is posted!

Posted on Thu, 02 Nov 2017, 09:03

The report of the July 2017 meeting of the Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments is posted!

The report of the meeting is available at the following link:

The Technical Panel for Phytosanitary Treatments (TPPT) met in Vienna, Austria (17 – 21 July 2017). Among other issues, the TPPT discussed in detail one draft ISPM on the Requirements for the use of modified atmosphere treatments as a phytosanitary measure, one phytosanitary treatment and evaluated seven treatment submissions against requirements in ISPM 28 (Phytosanitary treatments for regulated pests). The TPPT continued its ground-breaking work and reviewed ...

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Successful Completion of the 2017 IPPC Regional Workshops

Posted on Wed, 01 Nov 2017, 11:49

The IPPC Secretariat and newly established regional committees comprised of Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) regional offices, cooperation institutions and national hosts successfully organized seven IPPC regional workshops for 2017. The IPPC workshops were held in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Near East and North Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Southwest Pacific and the Caribbean. The purpose of the IPPC regional workshops are to sensitise participants on how to analyse draft ISPMs and formulate substantive comments, to build phytosanitary capacity and raise awareness of IPPC-related activities for the year, and ...

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FAO and IPPC Supported Lebanon to Strengthen its Capacity in Fruit Flies Surveillance and Management

Posted on Wed, 01 Nov 2017, 10:53

The wrap up workshop of the TCP/LEB/3502 project on “Fruit Flies Surveillance and Management in Lebanon” was held in Beirut on Friday 20th of October 2017. The workshop was officially opened by H.E. Lebanese Minister of Agriculture, Mr Ghazi Zaeter and FAO Representative to Lebanon, Mr Maurice Saade. IPPC Secretariat was represented at this workshop by the Integration and Support Team Leader and Project Lead Technical Officer, Mr Shoki Al-Dobai.

The project was launched in December 2014 to assist Lebanon in preparing and implementing a national programme for surveillance and management of fruit flies Lebanon, in addition ...

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