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The first meeting of the Expert Working Group for the development of the IPPC Pest Free Area Guide

Posted on Tue, 05 Dec 2017, 09:20

IPPC 2017 – Meeting participants convened in Rome Italy to initiate the development of the IPPC Pest Free Area Guide

The first meeting dedicated to the development of a Pest Free Area Guide was held in Rome Italy the 20 – 24 November 2017. The meeting was organized by the IPPC Secretariat and chaired by Mr Kenneth A. Bloem, phytosanitary expert of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with the presence of phytosanitary experts from several FAO regions and IPPC Secretariat staff.

The development of the Pest Free Area Guide is driven by gaps identified through the IPPC General Surveys 2012 ...

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IPPC Secretariat shared views on the use of Next Generation Sequence Technologies for plant pest diagnostics

Posted on Wed, 29 Nov 2017, 10:47

Speakers from Session 1

The workshop on the use of next generation sequence (NGS) technologies for plant pest diagnostics (also known as high-throughput sequencing) took place in Bari, Italy from 22 – 23 November 2017. The workshop was organized by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), EUPHRESCO and the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) and supported by the Istituto per la Protezione Sostenible delle Piante del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche of Italy. NGS technologies are very powerful alternatives for detection and identification of organisms. Over 142 participants from various regions worldwide gathered to share and discuss their ...

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The eighth IPPC Seminar on plant health standards and safe trade facilitation

Posted on Tue, 28 Nov 2017, 11:52

While trade in plants and plant products stimulates economic growth and brings prosperity to rural communities and agricultural sectors, it is also a pathway for harmful plant pests with potentially devastating consequences for the agriculture, food security and the environment. The international standards developed within the framework of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) are key for countries to harmonize their phytosanitary measures to manage pest risks effectively and trade safely without spreading plant pests.

The eighth IPPC Seminar on plant health standards and safe trade facilitation, organized on 16 November 2017 (FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy) during the week of ...

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The IPPC Standards Committee progress important standards

Posted on Thu, 23 Nov 2017, 16:55

The Standards Committee (SC), with 27 participants, representing all seven FAO regions, met between 13-17 November 2017 at FAO-HQ in Rome, Italy. The SC led by their Chairperson, Mr Ezequiel FERRO (Argentina), had fruitful discussions on topics of major concern to the phytosanitary world.

Particularly, a long sought compromise was reached on the reorganization of the suite of fruit fly standards. The reorganization will be presented to the CPM-13 (2018). The reorganization should help countries, especially developing countries, have a better and more logical framework to implement the phytosanitary measures related to fruit flies.

The SC reviewed several draft standards ...

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Establishment of a Research Group on Sea Containers Phytosanitary Standards in China

Posted on Thu, 23 Nov 2017, 13:07

The photo from AQSIQ of China

A National Workshop on Sea Containers Phytosanitary Standards was organized by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection & Quarantine (AQSIQ) of the Peoples’ Republic of China, from 8-9 November 2017, in Shanghai, China. This workshop was held on the occasion of the first meeting of the IPPC Sea Container Task Force (SCTF) organized from 6-10 November 2017, in Shanghai, China. The main objective of the workshop is to support the implementation of the IPPC Sea Container Complementary Action Plan.

During the workshop, AQSIQ made an official announcement on the establishment of a Research Group ...

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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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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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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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