Viewing items from May, 2019
The report of the SC May meeting held from the 06-10 May 2019 at FAO HQ in Rome has now been posted at the following link:
The IPPC Secretariat is calling for discussion papers for the 2nd meeting of the focus group on commodity and pathway standards.
The meeting will be from 17 to 21 June 2019 at FAO headquarters, and the main objectives are to develop a draft “concept standard” and outline the governance structure and process of these standards. A provisional agenda of the meeting is available at https://www.ippc.int/events/event/789
Discussion papers should be submitted by 10 June to Adriana.Moreira@fao.org
The benefits of using the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) and electronic phytosanitary certificates (ePhytos) were highlighted at a recent workshop in Samoa. © FAO
22 May 2019, Samoa - A workshop on using the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) was held in Samoa from 20 to 22 May 2019. The GeNS is a centralized web-based system that allows countries without their own electronic phytosanitary certificates (ePhyto) system to produce, send and receive ePhytos. Samoa is one of the three pilot countries testing the GeNS.
With support from the United Nations International Computing Center (UNICC), the workshop focused on training quarantine staff ...
COLEACP and the IPPC Secretariat identified several areas for potential collaboration in a recent meeting. © FAO
20 May 2019, Rome - A delegation from the Comité de Liaison Europe-Afrique-Caraïbes-Pacifique (COLEACP) attended a one and a half day meeting with representatives from the IPPC Secretariat to discuss areas for collaboration.
COLEACP is a civil society organization established in 1973. Its aim is to develop the agri-food trade in an inclusive and sustainable way, with a particular focus on fruit and vegetables from countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). Since 2001, COLEACP has implemented a series of technical assistance programmes ...
Meeting of 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop co-organizers during the recent Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14) session © FAO
27 May 2019, Rome -The organization of the 2019 IPPC Regional Workshops is well underway in seven regions- Africa, Asia, Latin America, Near East and North Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Southwest Pacific and the Caribbean. All IPPC contracting parties (CPs) from these regions are welcome to attend these workshops. The dates and locations of the 2019 IPPC Regional Workshops are posted on the IPP calendar.
The organization of the IPPC Regional Workshops follows the Guidelines noted by CPM-14 (2019 ...
The IPPC International Symposium for Pest Free Areas (PFAs) and Surveillance is to be held in Shizuoka, Japan between 28 October and 1 November 2019.
The Symposium aims to bring together representatives from IPPC contracting parties (CPs), Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs), FAO Regional and Sub-regional offices, international intergovernmental, educational and scientific organizations, and private sector/service providers involved in phytosanitary activities and trade to share information on and discuss available good practices, successes and challenges of the setting and maintaining of PFAs and Surveillance phytosanitary systems.
Further information on the Symposium is available at https://www.ippc.int/en ...
Standards Committee Working Group (SC-7) members, stewards of draft International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) and IPPC Secretariat members at the SC-7 2019 meeting. © FAO
17 May 2019, Rome -The Standards Committee working group (SC-7), led by the elected Chairperson Mr Stephen Butcher (New Zealand), met from 13 to 17 May 2019 at FAO Headquarters in Rome. The SC-7 consists of seven SC members - one representative from each FAO region.
The SC-7 discussed draft standards that had been commented upon by IPPC Official contact points during the first consultation. They considered the compiled comments, the stewards’ considerations and recommendations on ...
The IPPC Implementation and Capacity Development Committee © FAO
17 May 2019, Rome – The fourth meeting of the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC) was held from 13 to 17 May 2019 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. Participants discussed several strategic issues, reviewed the IC’s activities and approved work plans for the groups under their oversight.
Participants looked at how to align the IC’s activities with the IPPC Strategic Framework (SF) 2020-2030 whose content was endorsed at the recent Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14). They then looked at how to update the IPPC National Phytosanitary Capacity Development Strategy ...
The new IPPC Guide on Pest Risk Communication is now available at http://www.fao.org/3/ca3997en/ca3997en.pdf. This guide is unique to support NPPOs in identifying and engaging with stakeholders, and in developing pest risk communication strategies to enhance phytosanitary decision making and plant health policy development.
Rome, 22 May 2019
The mission of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is to protect cultivated and wild plant resources from pests, thus prompting food security and environmental protection while facilitating safe trade.
On this International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB), the IPPC community stands together with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and other biodiversity-related conventions to strengthen global commitments to preserve nature, enhance food security and facilitate safe trade.
This year’s IDB theme: “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health” links together nature with human health and well-being. Plants make up 80 percent of the food we ...
The new webpage presenting all activities of the IPPC Global Project on Capacity Development under the framework of the FAO-China South-South Cooperation Programme has just been released. The implementation and capacity development activities of this project contribute fully to CPM priorities in implementing the IPPC: ie. supporting IPPC Regional Workshops, National Reporting Obligations workshops, the International Year of Plant Health and the application of Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluations. https://www.ippc.int/en/core-activities/capacity-development/projects-on-implementation-and-capacity-development/fao-china-project/
Participants at the May 2019 Standards Committee meeting. © FAO
10 May 2019, Rome – The 33rd meeting of the IPPC Standards Committee (SC) took place from 6 to 10 May 2019 at FAO headquarters in Rome. The meeting opened with discussions on the phytosanitary term “detection survey” and the draft standard “Guidance on Pest Risk Management”. Discussions focused on including more guidance on selecting pest risk management options; and the criteria for deciding on appropriate phytosanitary measures.
Participants decided that the draft standard needed further work and to present it again at the next SC meeting. The SC approved the revision ...
The report of the CPM Bureau meeting held in March-April 2019 at FAO HQs in Rome has now been posted at the following link: https://www.ippc.int/static/media/files/publication/en/2019/05/Report_Bureau-2019_March-2019-05-17.pdf
Up to 95 percent of olive production is concentrated in the Mediterranean region. Indeed, Spain, Italy, Greece and Tunisia alone account for 76 percent of productive olive trees. However, in recent years, millions of olive trees in the Mediterrranean area have been threatened by the deadly pest Xylella fastidiosa. For example, in 2013 a Xylella fastidiosa outbreak devastated many trees and greatly reduced olive production in Apulia, Italy.
In response to this and other outbreaks, a new FAO publication on Xylella fastidiosa has just been published online. The Guidelines for the prevention, eradication and containment of Xylella fastidiosa in olive-growing ...