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The second meeting of the Steering Committee of the International Year of Plant Health held in Rome

Posted on Fri, 20 Sep 2019, 15:29

Opening of the second IYPH Steering Committee meeting © IPPC Secretariat

16 September 2019, Rome - The International Steering Committee of the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH-ISC) met on 16 September 2019 in Rome to discuss IYPH preparations. The meeting was chaired by Mr Ralf LOPIAN, the Chairperson of IYPH- ISC (Finland). Participants included 11 members representing FAO regions and partner organizations and 4 observers from FAO Regional Offices. Representatives of the IYPH Secretariat also attended and supported the meeting, which is composed of the FAO Partnerships Division (PSP), the Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP) and the IPPC Secretariat with ...

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The IPPC ePhyto project receiving an innovation reward at the UNESCAP Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum

Posted on Thu, 19 Sep 2019, 09:58

IPPC ePhyto Project group members, host and funders. © IPPC Secretariat

17 September 2019, New Delhi. The IPPC ePhyto Project received a trade facilitation innovation award at the UNESCAP Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum held from 17-18 September 2019 in New Delhi, India. The theme of the forum was "Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation for Regional Prosperity". The IPPC received the award for the piloting and implementation of the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) in Samoa and Sri Lanka.

The award was received by Mr Craig Fedchock, the ePhyto Project Leader of the IPPC Secretariat – and also in attendance were Mr Venkatram ...

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The 2019 IPPC National Reporting Obligations Workshop for the Near East and North Africa

Posted on Tue, 17 Sep 2019, 16:13

Participants of the 2019 IPPC National Reporting Obligations Workshop for NENA © FAO

5 September 2019, Beirut - The 2019 IPPC National Reporting Obligations (NRO) Workshop for the Near East and North Africa (NENA) was held in Beirut, Lebanon from 5 to 6 September 2019. Thirty-seven representatives and observers attended the workshop. They came from 16 IPPC contracting parties, FAO’s Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP-AG), FAO’s Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa Region (FAO-RNE), the Near East Plant Protection Organization (NEPPO), the Arab Society for Plant Protection (ASPP) and the IPPC Secretariat.

Dr Jingyuan Xia, the ...

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The 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop for the Near East and North Africa

Posted on Tue, 17 Sep 2019, 15:56

Opening Ceremony of the 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop for the Near East and North Africa which took place in Beirut, Lebanon © NEPPO

2 September 2019, Beirut -The 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop for the Near East and North Africa (NENA) was held in Beirut, Lebanon from 2 to 5 September 2019. Thirty-five representatives and observers attended the workshop. They came from 16 IPPC contracting parties, as well as from the FAO Plant Production and Protection Division (AGP-AG), the FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa Region (FAO-RNE), the Near East Plant Protection Organization (NEPPO), the Arab Society for ...

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The first IPPC ePhyto workshop for the Southwest Pacific

Posted on Tue, 17 Sep 2019, 13:24

Participants at the first IPPC ePhyto workshop for the Southwest Pacific held in August 2019. © FAO

29 August 2019, Nadi, Fiji - The first International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) ePhyto workshop for the Pacific Plant Protection Organisation (PPPO) was held in Nadi, Fiji from 29 to 30 August 2019. It was attended by the 17 members of the Pacific Plant Protection Organisation (PPPO) and funded by Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT).

The workshop was successful with 15 countries expressing interest in using the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS ...

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Protecting plants from pests in the Pacific Islands: A 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop

Posted on Wed, 11 Sep 2019, 11:59

The IPPC Regional Workshop participants in Nadi, Fiji ©PPPO

26 August 2019, Fiji- Pacific island countries recognize that it is important to participate in the standards setting process; and in activities aimed at helping countries harmonize their phytosanitary measures to protect plants and plant products from pests. As part of these efforts, a regional workshop for the Pacific region was jointly organized by the Pacific Plant Protection Organization (PPPO) and the IPPC Secretariat in Nadi, Fiji from 26 to 28 August 2019.

The workshop attracted 28 participants from 22 countries and territories, as well as representatives from the IPPC Secretariat ...

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APPPC regional workshop for Asia and Pacific: focus on plant health international IPPC standards

Posted on Wed, 11 Sep 2019, 11:38

Photo: Opening ceremony of the 2019 APPPC regional workshop for Asia and Pacific regions. ©APPPC

06 September 2019 (Busan, Republic of Korea) – Over 35 participants of 20 countries of Asia and Pacific regions met in Busan, Republic of Korea for a fruitful week to discuss plant health matters, focusing on plant health standards from the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). During the week, participants prepared regional positions on international standards, received updates from several IPPC activities such as the newly endorsed IPPC 2020-2030 strategic framework, updates from committees and projects, and shared experiences in plant health.

The participants also discussed ...

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Working together to improve phytosanitary capacity in Nicaragua: Results from the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE)

Posted on Mon, 09 Sep 2019, 11:06

During the recent Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) in Nicaragua, participants discussed their new phytosanitary law and identified ways for dealing with weaknesses in the country’s import and export systems. © FAO

26 August 2019, Managua – Agriculture represents around 7.8 percent of Nicaragua‘s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In 2018 alone, agriculture’s share of the GDP increased by 3.3 percent. As a result of the increasing importance of this sector, Nicaragua’s Country Programming Framework identified plant protection as a priority under the objective: “Strengthen the national system of agricultural, forestry and aquaculture national system”. To reach this ...

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IPPC Regional Workshop for the Caribbean to focus on standards for plant health and pest prevention

Posted on Wed, 04 Sep 2019, 12:01

Checking for symptoms of Fusarium wilt (Fusarium oxysporum ) – a disease which has caused heavy losses to banana production in several Asian and African countries and is now present in South America. The Caribbean workshop will provide an opportunity for regional plant health professionals to develop plans to address this threat. © FAO

2 September 2019 (St Phillip, Antigua) – Official contact points of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and agricultural experts from 14 Caribbean countries will meet for a regional workshop in St Phillip, Antigua from 10 to 12 September 2019. During the session, participants will prepare regional positions on international ...

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IPPC ePhyto Takes the Prize!!

Posted on Mon, 26 Aug 2019, 15:40

26 August 2019, Rome - On August 22, the IPPC Secretariat was informed that the ePhyto GeNS system was selected as one of the 2019 winners of the Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum Innovation Awards.

The Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum is the leading regional platform for the exchange of information, experiences and practice on trade facilitation. The APTFF has been organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and a growing number of partners since 2009, including UNCTAD, WCO and WTO. It is held biennially and attracts more than 250 ...

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ePhyto: Promoting safe and efficient trade

Posted on Thu, 22 Aug 2019, 15:50

When it comes to trade in agricultural products, small insects can be a big problem. The IPPC ePhyto Solution aims to modernize the phytosanitary certification process and holds tremendous potential for trade facilitation.

Read the full article: https://blogs.worldbank.org/trade/ephyto-promoting-safe-and-efficient-trade

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Advancing on plant pests detection and identification: the 2019 meeting of the IPPC Technical Panel of Diagnostic Protocols

Posted on Thu, 15 Aug 2019, 09:26

TPDP participants at the 2019 meeting in Melbourne, Australia

9 August 2019, Melbourne. The purpose of harmonized diagnostic protocols (DPs) is to support efficient phytosanitary measures in a wide range of circumstances and to enhance the mutual recognition of diagnostic results by National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs), which may also facilitate trade. Furthermore, these protocols aid the development of expertise and technical cooperation on a global scale.Tests in laboratory of plant pests are a key support for official inspections since, based on their results, accurate measures are decided and action taken by the NPPOs. However, taking in consideration the ...

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The New FAO Director General, Dr. Dongyu QU, Paid an Official Visit to the IPPC Secretariat

Posted on Thu, 01 Aug 2019, 17:50

1 August 2019, Rome – The new FAO Director-General (DG), Dr. Dongyu QU, paid an official visit to the IPPC Secretariat on his first day as the FAO Director-General. The new DG was accompanied by the FAO Deputy Director-General for Natural Resource (DDGN), Ms Helena Maria SEMEDO, the FAO Assistant Director-General for AG Department (ADG-AG), Mr. Bukar TIJANI, and other FAO Senior Officers.

On behalf of the IPPC Community and the entire IPPC Secretariat, Dr. Jingyuan XIA, the IPPC Secretary, expressed his warmest welcome the new FAO DG Dr. QU to pay an official visit to the IPPC Secretariat. The IPPC ...

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Armenia is strengthening its capacity for implementation of the International Plant Protection Convention and finding solutions for grape phylloxera in the country

Posted on Wed, 31 Jul 2019, 15:02

Workshop participants. © FAO/ Ani Grigoryan

26 July 2019, Yerevan - The International Plant Protection Convention Secretariat in collaboration with the Government of Armenia, held a workshop on 24 to 26 July, as part of an FAO project on the production of grape phylloxera-resistant certified planting material. Two days in the capital was followed by a field trip to a grape collection orchard and mother vineyard in the Armavir region.

The purpose of the meeting was to help Armenian national plant protection authorities build their capacities to protect the country from the impact of quarantine pests, especially in the context of grape ...

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