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Global diagnostics for plant pests - five new IPPC diagnostic protocols adopted.

Posted on Wed, 08 Feb 2017, 15:24

1. Dendroctonus ponderosae, dorsal habitus aspect showing entire specimen (shape, surface sculpturing and coloration). Photo courtesy of K. Bolte, Canadian Forest Service, Canada.


Already in 2017, the Standards Committee (SC) have adopted five DPs on behalf of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM). This means that 2017 looks to become as productive a year as 2016 for the Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols (TPDP) and the SC.

A full 22 diagnostic protocols are now in the suite of adopted annexes to ISPM 27 (Diagnostic protocols for regulated pests) providing specific guidance for how to diagnose a wide range of pests ...

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Close Cooperation between the IPPC and Sri Lanka for Advancing Implementation of ePhyto in the Asia Pacific Region

Posted on Mon, 06 Feb 2017, 11:11

Above: Left to Right: DMJB Senanayake, RAP Ranaweera, LC Hewage, NS Assala Arachchi, NJM Nathavitharana, J Nimanthika, KC Withanage, P Neimanis, C Karunaratne, WMD Wasala, IK Warshamana, MTMDR Perera, MPM Senarathne, JPL Hettige.

Mr Peter Neimanis, the Chair of the IPPC ePhyto Steering Group (ESG), and Mr Chin Karunaratne, the representative of ESG, travelled to Sri Lanka from the 10th to 17th of December 2016. The main objective of this business travel was to continue project planning with officers of the Department of Agriculture, Sri Lanka for implementation of the Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS). These dates included meetings with ...

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CPM-12 will be held outside of Rome for the first time in history

Posted on Thu, 02 Feb 2017, 10:49

On 30 January 2017, the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations issued an invitation to the IPPC Contracting Parties (CPs) for attending the 12th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM). The Session will be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, at the Songdo Convention Center from 5 to 11 April 2017. The Session is being convened under the provisions of Article XI of the International Plant Protection Convention (1997) and is open to all Contracting Parties to the Convention. CPM-12 is a milestone event for the IPPC Community as it is the ...

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Teamwork Award from FAO-AG Department to IPPC-IAEA Joint Team on the Fruit Fly Standards

Posted on Tue, 31 Jan 2017, 09:03

On 26 January 2017 an award for exceptional teamwork was conferred on the cross-UN agency team consisting of staff from the Joint FAO/International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, and staff from the Standard setting unit of the IPPC Secretariat. The award is an honour bestowed upon staff of the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department of FAO who carry out activities through exceptional teamwork that have a major impact on meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the FAO strategic objectives.

Over the past 12 years, the IPPC-IAEA joint team has worked first ...

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Canada's contribution to IPPC

Posted on Mon, 30 Jan 2017, 11:06

Copyright: FAO/Lea Plantek

Canada has announced its financial support to the IPPC and other standard setting organizations. This has been recently announced in Berlin by Lawrence MacAulay, Canada's Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, to FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

Read the full news on the FAO website: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/463873/icode/

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A Regular Programme P4 Post (Agricultural Officer) Announced for the IPPC Secretariat

Posted on Thu, 26 Jan 2017, 10:42

The IPPC Secretariat is hiring an Agricultural Officer (the Regular Programme P4 post) to work as the lead of the Integration and Support Team (IST) under the supervision of the Secretary to the IPPC.

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is an international agreement on plant health with adherence of over 180 contracting parties, which aims to protect cultivated and wild plants by preventing the introduction and spread of plant pests. The Secretariat of the IPPC, provided by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, is responsible for facilitating the development and implementation of International Standards for Phytosanitary ...

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2017 Annual Meeting of the IPPC Secretariat Held with the Theme “Teamwork”

Posted on Tue, 24 Jan 2017, 15:23

The 2017 annual meeting of the IPPC Secretariat was held on 19 January at the FAO HQs in Rome, Italy. The main objectives of the meeting were to review the major achievements of the IPPC Secretariat for 2016, to plan the core activities for 2017, and to strengthen teamwork for moving towards “One IPPC”. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, and attended by all Secretariat staff. Team Leaders Brent Larson (SSU lead), Orlando Sosa (IFU lead) and Dorota Buzon (IST officer in charge), made briefings for the respected teams, while Marko Benovic and Mirko Montuori ...

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Focus on the oriental fruit fly’s impact on international trade

Posted on Mon, 23 Jan 2017, 14:04

Bactrocera dorsalis on a dragon fruit. Photo credits: Rui Cardoso Pereira.

The world of plant pests is immense. There are thousands of pest species that attack or infest a likewise high number of plant species resulting in crop losses with extremely detrimental effects on food security and poverty reduction. The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) aims to help reduce the introduction and spread of plant pests between countries through harmonized measures applied to the international movement of plants and plant products. The task is challenging due to the complexity of the combination of pests and hosts. Recent research confirming that ...

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Great Achievements in Organizing IPPC Regional Workshops for 2016

Posted on Mon, 09 Jan 2017, 09:00

Pulsatilla vulgaris var. costeana, endemic plant of the Grands Causses (France). The IPPC vision is to protect plants. IPPC Regional Workshop contribute to this vision. All contributors to the 2016 IPPC Regional Workshops are warmly thanked. © Cédric Rajadel (https://www.facebook.com/CedricRPhoto/)



The IPPC Secretariat, in a close collaboration with relevant RPPOs and FAO Regional/Sub-regional offices, successfully organized seven IPPC Regional Workshops for 2016. The workshops were extensively attended by 212 participants from 114 Contracting Parties (CPs). The specificities of the 2016 IPPC Regional Workshops were to engage CPs in learning how to analyze draft ISPMs and formulate ...

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The IPPC Secretary’s Message on the New Year Greetings for 2017

Posted on Thu, 22 Dec 2016, 14:59

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the IPPC Secretariat, I would like to express my sincere greetings to all of you for the Holiday Season, and also show my high appreciation for your strong support and positive contribution to the IPPC throughout 2016.

The year of 2016 has been a milestone for the IPPC, as it is the first year for the whole convention to implement the IPPC annual themes towards 2020. This year has been also remarkable, as several important activities were organized for the first time, such as presentation of keynote address on the IPPC annual theme “Plant Health ...

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Getting forward - 155th FAO Council supports the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) in 2020

Posted on Wed, 21 Dec 2016, 14:59

At its 155th session held in Rome from 5 to 9 December 2016, the FAO Council endorsed a draft Resolution on the observance of 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).

The resolution, which was presented by Finland to the recent FAO Committee on Agriculture, recognizes the need for healthy plants as the foundation of all life on Earth, ecosystems functions, and food security. At the same time, it affirms plant health’s critical role in addressing the needs of more food for the increasing world population, and the subsequent need to raise awareness on this role at ...

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Final IPPC Training Workshop for PCE Facilitators held in Costa Rica

Posted on Wed, 21 Dec 2016, 11:22

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat organized and held the final training for the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Facilitators from 31 October – 11 November 2016 in Punta Leone, Costa Rica under the Standards Trade and Development Facility (STDF) project 401: Training of Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Facilitators. Magda Gonzales Arroyo, the Capacity Development Committee representative from Latin America, acted as a trainer during the workshop and facilitated the organization of the workshop. Jeffrey Jones and Ana Peralta also acted as trainers in their quality of international phytosanitary consultants. Workshop participants were trained to broaden and enhance their expertise in ...

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The Annual Meeting of the IPPC Technical Panel for the Glossary (TPG) Held in Rome

Posted on Mon, 19 Dec 2016, 16:55

The annual meeting of the IPPC Technical Panel for the Glossary (TPG) was held 12-15 December 2016 in Rome, Italy. All eight TPG members were present, representing all six official FAO languages. The meeting was chaired by Mr John Hedley (New Zealand), with Ms Laurence Bouhot-Delduc (France) as Steward. The TPG works on the development and revision of phytosanitary terms in the Glossary of phytosanitary terms (ISPM 5). It has an essential role in ensuring a holistic and horizontal review of consistency in the use of terms in draft ISPMs.

The TPG reviewed two draft ISPMs, responded to comments from ...

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The 9th Meeting of the IPPC Capacity Development Committee (CDC) held in Rome

Posted on Mon, 19 Dec 2016, 13:01

The 9th meeting of the IPPC Capacity Development Committee (CDC) took place from 5-9th of December 2016 in Rome, Italy. The Meeting was chaired by Ms Sally Jennings, the CDC Chair, and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary. The meeting was attended by six CDC members from six of the seven FAO regions, a representative from the CPM Bureau RPPOs, observers from the Standard and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation (IICA), and for the first time, a representative from RPPOs.

The meeting kicked off with updates from several IPPC bodies including the ...

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