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Big steps made in developing phytosanitary capacity in the West Bank and Gaza Strip

Posted on Thu, 20 Sep 2018, 10:17

A new plant health diagnostic laboratory was set up in Jenin as part of efforts to strengthen phytosanitary capacity. ©FAO/S.Brunel

Ramallah, 16 August 2018 – Plant pests and diseases easily cross borders and it is therefore crucial to develop phytosanitary capacity worldwide. To help do this, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat has developed the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) – a management tool designed to help countries identify strengths and gaps in their existing and planned phytosanitary systems.

The Plant Protection and Inspection Services (PPIS) of Palestine, with supervision from the IPPC secretariat, undertook a successful PCE in 2014 ...

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Protecting plants from pest in the Pacific Islands: A 2018 IPPC Regional Workshop

Posted on Thu, 13 Sep 2018, 12:44

Rarotonga, Cook Islands - Ngatoko Ngatoko, Director of Biosecurity, Ministry of Agriculture, watches a cargo ship leave port. The IPPC helps protects plants from pests while facilitating trade. ©FAO/Sue Price

22 August 2018, Fiji – Countries in the Pacific Islands recognize the urgency of protecting their plants from pests, while facilitating trade in plants and agricultural products. To address this challenge, harmonized international standards and strong regional capacity in implementing them are crucial. A 2018 regional workshop on these topics was thus held in Nadi, Fiji from 20 to 22 August 2018.

It is important for representatives from the National Plant ...

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Boosting plant health and protecting plants from pests – the 2018 IPPC Regional Workshop for Latin America

Posted on Wed, 12 Sep 2018, 17:01

31 August 2018, Natal, Brazil – With the ever-increasing volume of international trade, countries need to prevent plant pests from entering and establishing themselves locally, while still facilitating the international safe trade of plants and products. To address this challenge, 32 international experts from 18 Latin American countries attended the IPPC regional workshop in Natal, Brazil from the 28th to the 31st of August 2018. The workshop focused on ways to better protect plants from pests by harmonizing international phytosanitary standards and strengthening regional capacity.

“In order to preserve food security, biodiversity and facilitate safe trade, cooperation among nations to protect ...

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Five new IPPC Diagnostic Protocols adopted!

Posted on Thu, 16 Aug 2018, 20:11

The IPPC Secretariat is happy to announce that five new diagnostic protocols (DPs) have been adopted by the Standards Committee (SC) on behalf of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) as the DP Notification Period just closed on 15 August 2018. The five adopted DPs are:

DP 25: Xylella fastidiosa (2004-024)

DP 26: Austropuccinia psidii (2006-018)

DP 27: Ips spp. (2006-020)

DP 28: Conotrachelus nenuphar (2013-002)

Revision of DP 2: Plum pox virus (2016-007)

The newly adopted DPs will help countries prevent the entry or establishment of pests from some important commodities traded globally, particularly those affecting various tree species ...

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Dwindling IPPC Sustainable Funding Affects its Support of Developing Countries to Participation in Some Governing Activities

Posted on Tue, 31 Jul 2018, 15:16

For many years, the IPPC Secretariat has tried to assist the participation of developing Contracting Parties to the annual meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) and also some other important governing bodies meetings, such as the meetings of Standard Committee (SC), the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC), etc. This has been done from the IPPC extra-budgetary funding that has been generously provided by a number of donors.

In recent years, the CPM has been advised that funds for supporting participation of developing countries at CPM and other IPPC governing bodies meetings have been reducing and criteria have ...

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G-20 Group of Agriculture Ministers Supports the IPPC ePhyto and the Initiative of an International Year of Plant Health in 2020 (IYPH 2020)

Posted on Tue, 31 Jul 2018, 11:40

The G-20 Group of Agriculture Ministers at their meeting on 27-28 July 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina have endorsed the IPPC’s efforts to build an electronic certification system (ePhyto) and the initiative of an International Year of Plant Health in 2020 (IYPH 2020).

In their final declaration, Agriculture Ministers of twenty countries that represent 60 percent of all agricultural land and about 80 percent of world trade in agricultural products stated:

Para. 6: “We are ready to actively engage in the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) to address collectively the new challenges of agriculture”.

Para. 25: “We also ...

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Prompting action towards an International Year of Plant Health in 2020

Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018, 13:54

Plants account for over 80% of the human diet and are indispensable for food security. Healthy plants are also vital to sustainable and profitable crop production and to the quality supply of food, fuel, and fiber. Plant pests and diseases pose a threat to food security because they can damage crops, thus reducing the availability and access to food, increasing the cost of food.

Nowadays, due to increasing global trade and a changing climate, plant pests and diseases pose a greater threat to food security than ever before. In fact, global trade increases the chance of these pests moving from ...

Tags: IYPH
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Strengthening the Bilateral Cooperation of the IPPC with the United States of America

Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018, 12:52

On 26 July 2018 an IPPC delegation composed of Dr. Jingyuan Xia (IPPC Secretary), Mr. Craig Fedchock (IPPC Adviser) and Dr. Shoki AlDobai (IPPC Integration and Support Team Lead) met at FAO-HQs with representatives from the US Mission to Rome-based UN Agencies, Mr. Tommie Williams (incoming Minister Counselor for Agriculture) and Mr. Bryce Quick (outgoing Counselor for Agriculture) at FAO-HQs.

The IPPC Secretary Xia welcomed the US delegates, and wished Mr. Williams success in his new tenure. He briefed the US delegates about the IPPC, its importance as global plant health standard setting and implementation organization, as well as its ...

Tags: Cooperation
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IPPC Secretariat contributes to the discussion on a Harmonized Global Approach for Managing Forest Invasive Species (19-20 July, 2018, FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy)

Posted on Wed, 25 Jul 2018, 15:59

In the margins of the 24th session of FAO’s Committee on Forestry (COFO), representatives from the IPPC Secretariat, the FAO Forestry Department and five Regional Forest Invasive Species Networks met to explore better ways to exchange information and increase collaboration.

The results of this discussion were shared the next day at a COFO side event entitled Towards a harmonized global approach for managing Forest Invasive Species. FAO Forestry facilitates Forest Invasive Species Networks in Asia Pacific, Africa, Near East, Europe and Central Asia and North America. Ms Shiroma SATHYAPALAS is the FAO Forestry representative. Mr Brent LARSON, Lead for ...

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The IPPC ePhyto Industry Advisory Group (IAG) meet in Rome, Italy

Posted on Mon, 23 Jul 2018, 16:38

The IPPC ePhyto Industry Advisory Group (IAG) meeting was held on the 19th July 2018, in Rome, Italy. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Gerard Meijerink, International Seed Federation. The meeting was opened by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, who thanked the IAG for its contributions and encouraged their work on studying the impacts of ePhyto on trade facilitation. The IAG, which was voluntarily established to advise the IPPC Secretariat on the feasibility of the ePhyto solution project and its ability to facilitate efficient and effective trade flows, reviewed the ongoing progress and advancements of the project. The IPPC ePhyto ...

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Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Progresses in Uzbekistan

Posted on Fri, 20 Jul 2018, 11:01

The national Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) in Uzbekistan marks significant a progress. The PCE was initiated and supported by the FAO TPC Project (TCP/UZB/3602) “Support to the Improvement of the National Seed, Plant Variety Protection and Phytosanitary Legislation in Uzbekistan”. The PCE and other phytosanitary related activities of the project are coordinated by the Sub-regional Office for Central Asia (SEC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and FAO Uzbekistan with the technical back-stopping provided by the IPPC Secretariat.

The PCE application in Uzbekistan and revision of the National Phytosanitary Legislation accords with the resumed negotiations of Uzbekistan ...

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3rd Meeting of the IPPC ePhyto Project Advisory Committee

Posted on Wed, 18 Jul 2018, 11:06

The third ePhyto Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting took place on Monday, 16th of July at the IPPC Secretariat headquarters in FAO, Rome, Italy. The PAC which provides guidance to and support in project development particularly in relation to cooperation with other international initiatives on electronic certificates reviewed the IPPC ePhyto progress and advancements. The Committee which is chaired by Ms. Barbara Cooper discussed in detail the objectives of a 5 year strategic plan which is intended to lay out the details of transitioning from a donor funded project to a stable operating program. The PAC also discussed an advocacy ...

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IPPC Secretariat took part in the SPS Committee Thematic Workshop on Control, Inspection and Approval Procedures

Posted on Tue, 17 Jul 2018, 16:49

Copyright: WTO

The Secretariat of the World Trade Organization organized and hosted a Workshop on control, inspection and approval procedures from 09-10 July, 2018. The workshop provided a forum for discussion and experience sharing on developments, challenges and practices in implementing the SPS Agreement, Article 8 and Annex C on control, inspection and approval procedures. Approximately 40 government officials from developing country Members and Observers participated in the Workshop with the financial assistance of the Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF).

Ms Ketevan Lomsadze, IPPC Implementation Facilitation Officer of the IPPC Secretariat delivered the IPPC Secretariat’s presentation “Facilitating ...

Tags: WTOSPSSPS Agreement
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IPPC Assists Tunisia in its Second Round of the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation Process

Posted on Thu, 12 Jul 2018, 17:24

2nd PCE mission in Tunisia, June 2018, Tunis. © Mekki Chouibani

Under the framework of the FAO project TCP/SNE/3601/C1 and with the support of the FAO Sub-regional office for North-Africa (SNE), the IPPC Secretariat carried out the second mission to support the application of the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) tool.

The 2nd round of the PCE was facilitated by Mr Mekki CHOUIBANI, the PCE facilitator and Executive Director of NEPPO, with contribution of Ms Sarah BRUNEL, IPPC Implementation Facilitation Officer.

A workshop was organized in Tunis from 26 to 28 June 2018 with government officials and stakeholders to ...

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