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Major Achievements of the Task Force for Resource Mobilization of the IPPC Secretariat for 2016 and its Key Activities for 2017

Posted on Wed, 29 Mar 2017, 19:23

With the purpose to assist the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat in ensuring sustainable and sufficient funding in order to fulfil the IPPC strategic objectives, the Task Force for Resource Mobilization (TFRM) had a very productive 2016 year. The notable achievements were as follows:

1) Progress in developing initiative for sustainable funding of the IPPC Secretariat. At CPM-11, the IPPC Secretary urged contracting parties to continue to support the IPPC work programme. In collaboration with CPM Bureau and FC, a sustainable funding proposal was proposed in June FC and Bureau, and discussed in in October SPG. There are two ...

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The ePhyto Steering Group and Project Technical Committee Meeting Held in Geneva

Posted on Wed, 29 Mar 2017, 09:32

The ePhyto Steering Group (ESG) and Project Technical Committee (PTC) meeting was held from 13-17 March 2017 at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva, Switzerland. The main objective of the meeting was to advance development of the ePhyto Solution. The meeting was attended by Mr. Craig Fedchock (the IPPC Advisor) and Mr. Shane Sela (the IPPC ePhtoto Project Manager), as well as all relevant ESG and PTC members.

The ESG members reviewed the specifications for hub and generic ePhyto national system (GeNS) with the IPPC’s service provider, the United Nations International Computing Centre (UNICC). The ESG finalized the specifications ...

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Achievements of the Integration and Support Team in 2016 and its Core Activities for 2017

Posted on Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 17:24

The Integration and Support Team (IST) deals with crosscutting activities of the IPPC Secretariat in close cooperation with Standard Setting Unit SSU) and Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU), and Task Force of Communication and Advocacy (TFCA). The major achievements of the IST in 2016 are highlighted as follows:

1) Adopted General and Specific IPPC NRO Procedures at CPM-11, released 12 issues of newsletter NRO Update, and held the first IPPC Workshop on NRO for Asian countries.

2) Released renewed IPP homepage and new Online Comment System, revised the structure for IRSS pages, and released a new Help Desk.

3) Assist organization ...

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IPPC collaboration with World Bank towards supporting effective implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in Malawi

Posted on Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 08:16

Photo Copyright IPPC 2017: Malawian general notice advising travelers to declare agricultural commodities

A Trade Facilitation Agreement validation mission was conducted on 22-28 January 2017, in Lilongwe and Blantyre, Malawi with the participation of Ketevan Lomsadze, Agricultural Officer of the IPPC Secretariat, and several experts from the World Bank. The WTOs Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) is an agreement which aim is to help lower trade costs and ease customs cooperation for its member countries. The IPPC Secretariat and the World Bank's objective was to determine Malawi’s current capacity and needs for effective implementation of the WTO TFA, and ...

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The 2nd IPPC Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop Held towards building Staff’s Capacity for the IPPC Secretariat

Posted on Mon, 27 Mar 2017, 18:21

Photo Copyright IPPC, 2017: Monitoring and Evaluation workshop February 2017

The 2nd IPPC Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Workshop was held from 15-17 February 2017 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The main objective of the workshop was to continuously strengthen staff’s capability for the IPPC Secretariat. The workshop was facilitated by Ms Cecile Kusters from the Centre for Development Innovation of Wageningen University in the Netherlands and attended by all the IPPC Secretariat staff.

This three day M&E workshop focused on progressing the Theory of Change (ToC) schematic and capturing the IPPC work activities and Strategic Framework ...

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CPM-12 mobile app

Posted on Mon, 27 Mar 2017, 08:47

Amongst the news brought by the Twelfth Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-12), the first ever IPPC commission meeting held outside of Rome, is a CPM mobile application (“app”), available for download from mobile devices and tablets.

The app can be accessed through your Facebook or email account, and runs on Android, iOS and Google operating systems, featuring useful information about local information and programs.

Instructions to download the app can be found below:

  • Step 1. Go to App Store for iOS, Play Store for Google or for Android

  • Step 2. Search and download "Incheon Mice"

  • Step 3 ...

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Strengthening the Phytosanitary Capacities of IPPC Contracting Parties though Project Implementation

Posted on Wed, 22 Mar 2017, 08:45

Photograph Copyright: FAO AZ, 2016, Inception meeting of the MTF/AZE/007/STF: STDF/PG/316 Strengthening phytosanitary inspection and diagnostic services in Republic of Azerbaijan

The Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU) of the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) works to support the strengthening of phytosanitary capacities of contracting parties to implement the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and its International Standards on Phytosanitary Measures. One of the means to achieve this objective is through national level implementation projects. These projects, financed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Standards and Trade Development ...

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Strong support to IPPC Phytosanitary Resources Page through Contributed Technical Resources

Posted on Tue, 21 Mar 2017, 14:01

Photograph Copyright: Sajad Hussain Mir, 2015 Bandipora, India. Bactrocera tau

Five technical resource contributions have been reviewed by the Capacity Development Committee and are now posted in the ‘Contributed Resources’ section of the Phytosanitary Resources page. Thanks to the generous contribution of USDA/APHIS, the IPPC community now has access to additional materials on pest management, pest detection and pest risk analysis (PRA). Click here to access these new Contributed Resources.

The Alabama Fire Ant Management Project The Alabama Fire Ant Management Program was brought to life in 1997 in order to aid in control and management of this imported ...

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IPPC contributes towards improved national phytosanitary legislation and capacity building in Uzbekistan

Posted on Mon, 20 Mar 2017, 20:52

Photograph Copyright: FAO UZ 2017

The IPPC, FAO and Uzbek stakeholders met from 12 to 16 February 2017 to kick off inception activities for the FAO Project “Support to the Improvement of the National Seed, Plant Variety Protection and Phytosanitary Legislation in Uzbekistan” (TCP/UZB/3602). The IPPC is taking an active role in providing technical support to this FAO-funded project. Ketevan Lomsadze, IPPC Agricultural Officer, H. Muminjanov, Plant Production and Protection Officer (FAO-SEC), and R.Zhazykbayeva, international legal expert (FAO LEGN), participated in this mission.

This project aims to assess the status of the national phytosanitary and seed sector ...

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The Major Achievements of the Implementation Facilitation Unit of the IPPC Secretariat for 2016 and Key Activities for 2017

Posted on Mon, 20 Mar 2017, 10:13

Photograph Copyright: IPPC 2016; Derric Nimmo: Diamondback moth (Plutella xylostella)

The Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU) of the IPPC Secretariat has made significant progress in 2016, working hard to facilitate the implementation of the Convention. Providing support to countries to improve the effectiveness of their NPPOs is a cornerstone of the work of the IPPC and 2016 has seen some remarkable achievements.

Major highlight achievements in the past year include:

1) Management of 13 active projects at the national, regional, global level with two global projects in the pipeline.

2) PCEs applied in Armenia, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine under the regional ...

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The Release of the 2016 IPPC Annual Report

Posted on Thu, 16 Mar 2017, 17:17

The IPPC Secretariat is happy to announce a release of the 2016 IPPC Annual Report. The Report was completed by the IPPC Secretariat and uploaded on our website where it can be accessed.

The 2016 IPPC Annual Report contains information on the main IPPC activities, events and meetings that took place in 2016 with Foreword from the CPM Chairperson and the IPPC Secretary. It is composed of the following chapters: 1) Background; 2) The Progress Report of the IPPC Secretariat for 2016; 3) Highlights of 2016; 4) Chronicle of Events of 2016; and 5) Reference Material.

The IPPC Secretariat would ...

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The First IPPC Phytosanitary Capacity Assessment Workshop Successfully Held in Madagascar

Posted on Mon, 13 Mar 2017, 14:14

Photo: Copyright IPPC 2017, Brunel, Sarah – Madagscar Field visit with participating stakeholders at quarantine facilities

Trained under the STDF401 Project, and funded by the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund (ASTF), Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) facilitator Alphonsine Louhouari, facilitated the first of three Phytosanitary Capacity Assessment Workshops for Madagascar.

The workshop was held from the 31st of January until the 3rd of February 2017 and attended by 15 active participants, suggesting positive outcomes for the remainder of the project. "Improved phytosanitary protection is the guarantee of better resilience to climate change," said Patrice Talla Takoukam, the FAO Representative in Madagascar. Sarah Brunel ...

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Successes of the IPPC National Reporting Obligations Programme

Posted on Thu, 09 Mar 2017, 13:33

The NRO Programme of the IPPC was initiated by the IPPC Secretariat in mid-2014 with numerous activities involving contracting parties (CPs) for improving an area left neglected for some time. As a result, the year 2015 and 2016 were two record years in a row with the highest total numbers of reports made available by CPs on the IPP (Fig. 1). This level has not been seen since 2005.

In case of Pest reports (the category with the most stable improvement tendency each year), as noted above, 2015 and 2016 were two record years with inputs of 92 and 98 ...

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In Memoriam

Posted on Mon, 06 Mar 2017, 19:29
                                Prof. Dr Jens-Georg Unger

The international plant health community mourns the passing of Prof. Dr Jens-Georg Unger, Director of the Institute for National and International Plant Health at the Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants (Julius Kühn-Institut) in Germany. “Jens” as he was generally known to friends and colleagues alike died suddenly and unexpected on the 28th of February 2017 in his home near Braunschweig, Germany.

Jens, an alumnus of the University of Göttingen, where he also obtained his Dr agr. sc. in 1989, started his plant health career at the Federal Biological Research Institute (BBA) for Agriculture and ...

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