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Stamping out anti-biosecurity practices in the ACT

Posted on Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 10:51

Media release from Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources:

Potentially harmful exotic ants have been seized from a Canberra home, as part of an investigation into their attempted sale on Gumtree.

Head of Biosecurity Operations, Nico Padovan, said an estimated seven exotic ant species—including reproductive colonies—were seized as part of the investigation, with further identification required.

“While they may seem small and harmless, exotic ants can pose a huge risk to our environment and way of life, and represent a significant biosecurity risk to Australia,” Mr Padovan said.

“They are predators and foragers, with single queens ...

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A Successful Reception for Promotion of an International Year of Plant Health in 2020

Posted on Mon, 10 Jul 2017, 16:55

Mr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary; Mr Andrew Doyle, Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Ireland; Ms Aulikki Hulmi, Director of International Relations at Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland; Mr Ralf Lopian, IPPC Contact Point for Finland.

On 4 July 2017, the Government of Finland and the IPPC Secretariat jointly organized a successful reception for promotion of an International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) in 2020 at the margins of the 40th Session of the FAO Conference in Rome. Over 80 participants gathered at the reception, including government officials and representatives, FAO management and staff.

The reception was ...

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IPPC Training Course “Building Phytosanitary Capacities” successfully conducted at the CIHEAM Bari

Posted on Mon, 10 Jul 2017, 15:21

IPPC 2017 - Training course participants visit Apulian outbreak area of Xylella fastidiosa

Hosted by the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM-IAM Bari) and facilitated by Ms. Sarah Brunel, IPPC Capacity Development Officer, the two- week training course was delivered from 29 May to 9 June, 2017. Participants included 15 Master students of the CIHEAM Integrated Pest Management Master. One NPPO representative also participated in the training.

The training curriculum presented an overview of the IPPC, its standards, and the activities and role of an NPPO. The training delved into technical areas including plant quarantine, pest risk analyses, surveillance activities, diagnosis ...

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Newly released CIHEAM publication on experiences and knowledge for Xylella fastidiosa and its vectors in Europe

Posted on Mon, 10 Jul 2017, 12:02

The FAO-IPPC-CIHEAM combined efforts organizing an international workshop on Xylella fastidiosa and the Olive Quick Decline Syndrome (OQDS) have resulted in the publication of the proceedings of these events providing information on the state of Xylella fastidiosa infection in the European Union and the Mediterranean Region.

Stemming from a major outbreak in Italy of Xylella fastiodiosa associated with OQDS, NPPOs of North African, the Near East, and Euro-Mediterranean countries expressed their concerns and a need for further information and training in preventing the introduction and spread of this pathogen and its vectors. The FAO, IPPC and CIHEAM responded to this ...

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The IPPC Secretariat’s Brainstorming on Plant Health and Trade Facilitation

Posted on Mon, 10 Jul 2017, 10:08

A successful brainstorming session on plant health and trade facilitation was conducted by the IPPC Secretariat on 14 June 2017 in FAO-HQs. This is one of the activities undertaken within the context of 2017 as the IPPC year of Plant Health and Trade Facilitation, in preparation of the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) in 2020. The main objectives of the brainstorming were to reflect on the importance of plant health for facilitating safe trade, and to collect ideas and information on the topics that will be further addressed at the upcoming IPPC seminars on plant health and trade facilitation ...

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Seeking for Potential Bilateral Cooperation between the IPPC and the WB

Posted on Fri, 07 Jul 2017, 14:28

On 29 June 2017, the IPPC Delegate led by the IPPC Secretary Jingyuan Xia and including Craig Fedchock and Shane Sela, met with the World Bank (WB) team composed of Klaus Tilmes, Director of Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, Jose Guilherme Reis, Practice Manager of Trade, and William Gain, Global Product Specialist for Trade Facilitation & Border Management. The discussion was focused on the possible cooperation of the IPPC with the WB in the areas of improving border agency collaboration, advancing trade facilitation, and promoting electronic certification and relevant issues in SPS diagnostics.

There was a general consensus that the timing is ...

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Strengthening Cooperation between the IPPC and the STDF

Posted on Fri, 07 Jul 2017, 12:25

IPPC 2017 – IPPC Secretariat Rome, Italy. Meeting participants convene to discuss cooperation between the IPPC and the STDF

IPPC Secretary, Jingyuan Xia held a meeting with Melvin Spreij, the Secretary of the Standard Trade Development Facility (STDF) on 3 July 2017, at FAO-HQ, in Rome Italy. IPPC Programme Specialist Orlando Sosa, IPPC Capacity Development Officer Sarah Brunel, and IPPC Consultant Laura Vicaria participated in the meeting. The meeting’s objective was to discuss all IPPC projects funded by the STDF as well as further cooperation between the IPPC with the STDF.

The STDF-funded IPPC ePhyto Solution project was discussed with ...

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The CPM Bureau Meeting Held in Washington DC, USA

Posted on Thu, 06 Jul 2017, 14:49

The CPM Bureau met for its annual June meeting on 20-23 June 2017 in Washington DC, USA. The meeting was chaired by Lois RANSOM, the CPM Chair, and opened by Jingyuan XIA the IPPC Secretary. The meeting was attended by the Bureau members of Lucien KOUAME KONAN, Marie-Claude FOREST, Francisco Javier TRUJILLO ARRIAGA, Corné VAN ALPHEN and Kyu-Ock YIM, as well as the IPPC Secretariat core team members of Craig FEDCHOCK, Brent LARSON, Orlando SOSA, Dorota BUZON and Marko BENOVIC. The Director of the FAO Liaison Office Vimlendra SHARADAN welcomed the CPM Bureau Members and the IPPC Secretariat staff to ...

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The IPPC ePhyto Industry Advisory Group Meeting Held in Washington DC, USA

Posted on Tue, 04 Jul 2017, 11:10

The IPPC ePhyto Industry Advisory Group (IAG) meeting was held from 27-28 June 2017, in Washington DC, USA. The meeting was chaired by Mr Gerard Meijerink, IAG Chair (International Seed Federation), and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary, with presence of over 20 participants from IAG organizations, several relevant Embassies in DC, USDA, and the IPPC Secretariat.

The meeting for the first day was hosted by the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA) in Washington DC. The main activities of the meeting were to apprise the IAG of the latest developments in the IPPC ePhyto project, as well as ...

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CPM Financial Committee Meeting Held in Washington DC

Posted on Mon, 03 Jul 2017, 09:40

CPM Financial Committee (FC) met on 19 June 2017 in Washington DC, USA. The meeting was chaired by Ms Marie-Claude FOREST, FC Chair (Canada), and opened by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary. The participants of the meeting included Ms Lois RANSOM (CPM Chair, Australia), Mr Lucien KOUAME KONAN (FC and Bureau member, Côte d’Ivoire) and Mr Corné VAN ALPHEN (Bureau member, the Netherlands), as well as Mr Craig FEDCHOCK, Mr Marko BENOVIC and Mr Orlando SOSA from the IPPC Secretariat.

The main activities of this FC meeting were to review the actions points of the last FC meeting, and ...

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The IPPC standard on authorization of entities off to a good start

Posted on Wed, 21 Jun 2017, 17:04

An intense week to draft an International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) on authorization of entities to perform phytosanitary actions has been concluded successfully. The meeting, which was hosted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, took place in Ottawa, Canada, from 12 to 16 June 2017, and was chaired by Gordon Henry (Canada).

The 11 participants, which included experts from around the world, gathered to discuss and debate what elements should be included in this standard. The result was a draft standard that provides a framework to enable national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) to develop and implement a programme for ...

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Strengthening Bilateral Cooperation between the IPPC and the WCO

Posted on Fri, 09 Jun 2017, 12:28

To strengthen bilateral cooperation between the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the World Customs Organization (WCO) in order to promote safe and efficient trade in plants and plant products, Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, led a delegation (composed of Mr Craig Fedchock, Mr Orlando Sosa, Mr Marko Benovic and Mr Tommaso Teti from the IPPC Secretariat) to pay an official visit to the WCO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium on 2 June 2017. The IPPC delegate held a meeting Mr Ernani Checcucci (Director of Capacity Building Directorate), Mr Alan Harrison (Executive Officer in charge of Member Relations), and Mr ...

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Strengthening Bilateral Cooperation between the IPPC and the EC

Posted on Thu, 08 Jun 2017, 14:38

Photograph: Meeting with DG TRADE and DG SANTE

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) have a very strong cooperation with the European Commission (EC). For the past decade, the EC has provided the generous and continuous financial support to the IPPC Work Programme, notably the travel support for the IPPC contracting parties, the implementation of the IPPC and its ISPMs, and the IRSS. For further strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the IPPC and the EC, Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, led a delegate (composed of Mr Craig Fedchock, Mr Orlando Sosa, Mr Marko Benovic and Mr Tommaso Teti from ...

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IPPC Engagement with Environmental Aspects for Fulfilment of its Mission and Mandates

Posted on Tue, 06 Jun 2017, 16:06

Photograph: IPPC 2017: Plant health and environmental protection experts convene in Buenos Aires, the Argentine Republic

Hosted by the National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO) of the Argentine Republic, an IPPC discussion group convened on 2 – May 5 2017, in Buenos Aires, the Argentine Republic to discuss how the IPPC can assist contracting parties to access funding to implement environmental aspects of the Convention. The meeting, chaired by Leanne Stewart (the IRSS consultant of the IPPC Secretariat) and attended by Orlando Sosa, the Lead of the Implementation and Facilitation Unit, met with the plant health and environmental protection experts to analyze ...

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