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The Glorious History and Great Achievements of the IPPC in 65 Years

Posted on Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 11:50

Celebrating the 65th anniversary of the IPPC

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) was established in 1952, and this year is 65th anniversary of the IPPC. On occasion of the annual meeting of the IPPC Strategic Planning Group (SPG) held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 10-12 October 2017, Mr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, made a keynote address on development and achievements of the IPPC in 65 years, highlighting three important aspects.

  1. Historical development of the IPPC. The IPPC has gone through four major stages of development in the last 65 years. The first stage is the Origin of ...

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A Reception on Celebration of the IPPC 65th Anniversary Held in FAO Headquarters

Posted on Tue, 17 Oct 2017, 11:46

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) was established in 1952, and this year is 65th anniversary of the IPPC. On occasion of the annual meeting of the IPPC Strategic Planning Group (SPG) held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 10-12 October 2017, the IPPC Secretariat organized a celebratory reception on 11 October.

The reception was officially inaugurated by Ms. Maria Helena Semedo, FAO Deputy Director-General for Climate and Natural Resources, and chaired by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary. The event was attended by Mr. Daniel Gustafson (FAO Deputy Director General for programme), Mr. Ren Wang (FAO Assistant Director General ...

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The IPPC Seminar on Plant Health and Trade Facilitation held at the FAO Headquarters

Posted on Fri, 13 Oct 2017, 14:01

The IPPC Seminar on Plant Health and Trade Facilitation – the seventh in a series - took place at the FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy on October 10th 2017. The seminar was chaired by IPPC Secretary Jingyuan Xia, and attended by over 100 participants, including participants of IPPC SPG meeting, permanent representatives to FAO and FAO staff. The seminar brought together representatives from the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF), the World Bank and the FAO Trade and Markets Division.

Sheri Rosenow, Senior Counselor of the WTO presented on the WTO perspective on Plant Health and Trade Facilitation ...

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The IPPC Financial Committee Meeting in October Held in Rome, Italy

Posted on Fri, 13 Oct 2017, 09:33

The IPPC Financial Committee (FC) meeting was held on 9 October 2017 at FAO-HQs in Rome, Italy. The meeting was chaired by Ms. Marie-Claude Forest, and opened by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. In addition to the FC members, observers from European Union (EU) and the World Bank (WB), and IPPC Secretariat representatives attended the meeting.

The IPPC FC discussed mainly the recent resource mobilization efforts of the IPPC Secretariat, the draft document of the IPPC Secretariat Work Plan and Budget for 2018, sustainable funding mechanism for the IPPC work programme, comparison of CPM-12 costs in Republic of Korea ...

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IPPC ePhyto hub pilot underway

Posted on Tue, 10 Oct 2017, 17:22

The IPPC ePhyto Steering Group (ESG) met with staff of the United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC) at their offices at the U.N. Support Base in Valencia, Spain, from 2 to 6 October 2017. The purpose of the meeting was to kick-off the pilot of the IPPC ePhyto hub which is now underway. Pilot countries were requested to register for participation on the hub on Friday 6th October 2017. Although it may take the pilot countries time to finalize preparations to commence exchanges, some test exchanges between three of the pilot countries had been completed in September 2017. The ...

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IPPC Regional Plant Protection Organization Comunidad Andina develops webpage dedicated to Fusarium oxysporum f.sp cubense (TR4)

Posted on Mon, 09 Oct 2017, 10:55

In 2016, the Andean Technical Committee on Agricultural Health (COTASA) prioritized Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense tropical race 4 (TR4) as a pest of interest in the Andean region. As a response, the phytosanitary section of the General Secretariat of the Comunidad Andina initiated a website on its phytosanitary portal, dedicated to current and relevant information on the TR4 pathogen.

Available in both English and Spanish, the TR4 website contains a wealth of scientific articles covering various aspects of this pathogen. The TR4 website is organized into four sections covering: i) Scientific publications, ii) a directory of institutions working on ...

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Strengthening Cooperation between the Secretariats of the IPPC and the CBD: Signature of a joint work plan

Posted on Fri, 06 Oct 2017, 10:51

Caption: Ms Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the CBD, and Mr Jingyuan Xia, Secretary of the IPPC.

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) share the common objective of protecting biodiversity. Recognizing the importance of ensuring coherence and mutual support in the implementation of both Conventions, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Secretariat of the CBD had signed a Memorandum of Cooperation between the Secretariat of the IPPC and the Secretariat of the CBD in 2004.

To further strengthen cooperation between the two Secretariats, a joint work ...

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The Twelfth Meeting of the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions held in Rome, Italy

Posted on Fri, 06 Oct 2017, 10:44

Caption: Participants in the twelfth Meeting of the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions

The twelfth meeting of the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions was held in Rome, Italy, on 28 September 2017, and co-hosted by the Secretariats of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). It brought together the heads of seven international biodiversity-related conventions: the Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the Secretary-General of the Convention on International ...

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How a “simple” IPPC search tool may help the phytosanitary treatments worldwide

Posted on Fri, 06 Oct 2017, 10:16

Appreciating the challenges of exporting countries - especially those with lesser resources - to meet the many and varied phytosanitary import requirements, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat has created an innovative phytosanitary treatment search tool. The tool allows for easy “live” searches among all treatments. Stakeholders can use the tool to search for specific pests, commodities, treatment types and will be able to sort treatments based on the country that accepts specific trade when a particular treatment has been applied. In brief, it will allow for the search and screening of treatment schedules for a specific commodity and pest combination ...

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The 2017 IPPC and 18th APPPC Regional Workshop Successfully Held in the Republic of Korea

Posted on Wed, 04 Oct 2017, 09:40

Photo Copyright APPPC 2017

The 2017 IPPC and 18th Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission (APPPC) Regional Workshop was held in Busan, Republic of Korea from 4 – 8 September 2017. The workshop was organized by the APPPC and hosted by the Republic of Korea’s Department of Plant Quarantine, of the Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, with support from the IPPC Secretariat. Thirty-seven delegates from 21 countries from the Asia and Pacific region attended the workshop.

The workshop gave participants an opportunity to share their views on three draft standards out for their first consultation. It also served ...

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Modernization of the International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 8 on Determination of Pest Status

Posted on Tue, 03 Oct 2017, 14:18

In 2011, the Global Survey undertaken by the Implementation Review and Support System identified ISPM 8 on Determination of pest status in an area as one of the most essential IPPC standards. The revision of this standard, originally agreed to in 1998, was long overdue to ensure its compatibility with current days’ systems and other IPPC standards since then adopted by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures.

The meeting to revise ISPM 8, which was excellently co-organized by the Vietnamese National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO), took place in Hanoi, Viet Nam, from 18 to 23 September 2017, and was chaired by ...

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Trinidad and Tobago launches new online application form for permits to import plant products

Posted on Tue, 03 Oct 2017, 09:12

Photo Copyright MALF 2017.

Importing plant and plant products just got a lot easier in Trinidad and Tobago. Importers can now apply online for authorization to bring regulated plant material into their country. The new online form allows traders to apply for plant trade permits using a secure and user-friendly application, from their homes and on their mobile devices.

According to Deputy Director Research (Ag.) in the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries (MALF), Deanne Ramroop, the simplified electronic process facilitates a ‘one-stop’ shop for plant import permit applications, which will not only reduce processing times but cater to increased ...

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Blobby purple ‘Xylellu’ character to promote awareness about Xylella fastidiosa

Posted on Fri, 29 Sep 2017, 10:26

The Maltese NPPO, Plant Protection Directorate (PPD), has been hands-on with its constant endeavors and initiatives to raise awareness in keeping away the devastating Xylella fastidiosa pest away from its shores.

Through the introduction of its ‘Xylellu’, a purplish menacing character specifically created as the mascot of a campaign co-funded by the European Union under the financial instrument of Regulation (EU) 652/2014, the NPPO has been conveying its message to the general public to refrain from bringing back home after travelling any plants which could easily be infected without any visible symptoms.

In order to reach the widest audience ...

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Eastern Australia and the Ord River: Australian pest free areas for Mediterranean fruit fly

Posted on Tue, 26 Sep 2017, 09:50

A roadside fruit fly host material amnesty bin to protect to protect Australia’s pest free areas

In Australia, Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) has a limited distribution in some parts of Western Australia. Its movement to the central and eastern states of Australia is inhibited by a hostile desert environment separating the west from the east. This forms a natural barrier which has supported the establishment of pest free areas for Medfly in central and Eastern Australia and the Ord River irrigation areas in northern Western Australia.

There is approximately 1500km of arid land separating the eastern states and territories ...

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