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Protecting plants from pests in the Pacific Islands: A 2019 IPPC Regional Workshop

Posted on Wed, 11 Sep 2019, 11:59

The IPPC Regional Workshop participants in Nadi, Fiji ©PPPO

26 August 2019, Fiji- Pacific island countries recognize that it is important to participate in the standards setting process; and in activities aimed at helping countries harmonize their phytosanitary measures to protect plants and plant products from pests. As part of these efforts, a regional workshop for the Pacific region was jointly organized by the Pacific Plant Protection Organization (PPPO) and the IPPC Secretariat in Nadi, Fiji from 26 to 28 August 2019.

The workshop attracted 28 participants from 22 countries and territories, as well as representatives from the IPPC Secretariat ...

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APPPC regional workshop for Asia and Pacific: focus on plant health international IPPC standards

Posted on Wed, 11 Sep 2019, 11:38

Photo: Opening ceremony of the 2019 APPPC regional workshop for Asia and Pacific regions. ©APPPC

06 September 2019 (Busan, Republic of Korea) – Over 35 participants of 20 countries of Asia and Pacific regions met in Busan, Republic of Korea for a fruitful week to discuss plant health matters, focusing on plant health standards from the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). During the week, participants prepared regional positions on international standards, received updates from several IPPC activities such as the newly endorsed IPPC 2020-2030 strategic framework, updates from committees and projects, and shared experiences in plant health.

The participants also discussed ...

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Working together to improve phytosanitary capacity in Nicaragua: Results from the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE)

Posted on Mon, 09 Sep 2019, 11:06

During the recent Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) in Nicaragua, participants discussed their new phytosanitary law and identified ways for dealing with weaknesses in the country’s import and export systems. © FAO

26 August 2019, Managua – Agriculture represents around 7.8 percent of Nicaragua‘s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In 2018 alone, agriculture’s share of the GDP increased by 3.3 percent. As a result of the increasing importance of this sector, Nicaragua’s Country Programming Framework identified plant protection as a priority under the objective: “Strengthen the national system of agricultural, forestry and aquaculture national system”. To reach this ...

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IPPC Regional Workshop for the Caribbean to focus on standards for plant health and pest prevention

Posted on Wed, 04 Sep 2019, 12:01

Checking for symptoms of Fusarium wilt (Fusarium oxysporum ) – a disease which has caused heavy losses to banana production in several Asian and African countries and is now present in South America. The Caribbean workshop will provide an opportunity for regional plant health professionals to develop plans to address this threat. © FAO

2 September 2019 (St Phillip, Antigua) – Official contact points of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and agricultural experts from 14 Caribbean countries will meet for a regional workshop in St Phillip, Antigua from 10 to 12 September 2019. During the session, participants will prepare regional positions on international ...

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IPPC ePhyto Takes the Prize!!

Posted on Mon, 26 Aug 2019, 15:40

26 August 2019, Rome - On August 22, the IPPC Secretariat was informed that the ePhyto GeNS system was selected as one of the 2019 winners of the Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum Innovation Awards.

The Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum is the leading regional platform for the exchange of information, experiences and practice on trade facilitation. The APTFF has been organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and a growing number of partners since 2009, including UNCTAD, WCO and WTO. It is held biennially and attracts more than 250 ...

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ePhyto: Promoting safe and efficient trade

Posted on Thu, 22 Aug 2019, 15:50

When it comes to trade in agricultural products, small insects can be a big problem. The IPPC ePhyto Solution aims to modernize the phytosanitary certification process and holds tremendous potential for trade facilitation.

Read the full article: https://blogs.worldbank.org/trade/ephyto-promoting-safe-and-efficient-trade

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Advancing on plant pests detection and identification: the 2019 meeting of the IPPC Technical Panel of Diagnostic Protocols

Posted on Thu, 15 Aug 2019, 09:26

TPDP participants at the 2019 meeting in Melbourne, Australia

9 August 2019, Melbourne. The purpose of harmonized diagnostic protocols (DPs) is to support efficient phytosanitary measures in a wide range of circumstances and to enhance the mutual recognition of diagnostic results by National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs), which may also facilitate trade. Furthermore, these protocols aid the development of expertise and technical cooperation on a global scale.Tests in laboratory of plant pests are a key support for official inspections since, based on their results, accurate measures are decided and action taken by the NPPOs. However, taking in consideration the ...

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The New FAO Director General, Dr. Dongyu QU, Paid an Official Visit to the IPPC Secretariat

Posted on Thu, 01 Aug 2019, 17:50

1 August 2019, Rome – The new FAO Director-General (DG), Dr. Dongyu QU, paid an official visit to the IPPC Secretariat on his first day as the FAO Director-General. The new DG was accompanied by the FAO Deputy Director-General for Natural Resource (DDGN), Ms Helena Maria SEMEDO, the FAO Assistant Director-General for AG Department (ADG-AG), Mr. Bukar TIJANI, and other FAO Senior Officers.

On behalf of the IPPC Community and the entire IPPC Secretariat, Dr. Jingyuan XIA, the IPPC Secretary, expressed his warmest welcome the new FAO DG Dr. QU to pay an official visit to the IPPC Secretariat. The IPPC ...

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Armenia is strengthening its capacity for implementation of the International Plant Protection Convention and finding solutions for grape phylloxera in the country

Posted on Wed, 31 Jul 2019, 15:02

Workshop participants. © FAO/ Ani Grigoryan

26 July 2019, Yerevan - The International Plant Protection Convention Secretariat in collaboration with the Government of Armenia, held a workshop on 24 to 26 July, as part of an FAO project on the production of grape phylloxera-resistant certified planting material. Two days in the capital was followed by a field trip to a grape collection orchard and mother vineyard in the Armavir region.

The purpose of the meeting was to help Armenian national plant protection authorities build their capacities to protect the country from the impact of quarantine pests, especially in the context of grape ...

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The IPPC Secretariat announces the delivery of the training for future facilitators of the Beyond Compliance tools

Posted on Mon, 22 Jul 2019, 09:43

Future facilitators for the Beyond Compliance tools attended a training course from 2 to 7 June 2019. ©FAO

7 June 2019, Windsor – The training course for potential facilitators for using the Beyond Compliance tools under the project MTF/INT/336/STF “Rolling out Systems Approach globally – sharing tools for enhanced application of Systems Approach and market negotiation on plant pest risk” was recently completed.

The project is funded by the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) and implemented by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat. Imperial College London (ICL)‘s Centre for Environmental Policy is the originator of the ...

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Modified atmosphere storage does not reduce the efficacy of phytosanitary irradiation treatments for Tephritidae fruit flies

Posted on Fri, 19 Jul 2019, 09:13

Figure 1: Ms. Olga Barrera, Mr. Luis Caravantes, and Mr. Alexandre Araujo dissecting irradiated mangoes for phytosanitary research. © IAEA

12 July 2019, Vienna - The Technical Panel for Phytosanitary Treatments (TPPT) just ended their annual meeting at the Headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in Vienna, Austria, where they reviewed scientific data from a recent study carried out by the Joint FAO /IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. This study was carried out under the technical supervision of Ms Vanessa S. Dias and was undertaken to understand how low oxygen influences the efficacy of irradiation treatments ...

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Phytosanitary treatment options for plant health: the IPPC Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments meeting

Posted on Thu, 18 Jul 2019, 12:41

12 July 2019, Vienna - Phytosanitary treatments (PTs) are essential for controlling regulated pests in articles and goods, especially those that are regulated for trade on an international scale. The IPPC PTs are an alternative to methyl bromide and help protect biodiversity. They provide the minimum requirements necessary to control regulated pests; and offer guidance on specific plant health treatments issues.

The IPPC Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments (TPPT) met from 8 to 12 July 2019 in Vienna, Austria to discuss various PT related issues. The meeting was organized by the IPPC Secretariat and hosted by the Joint FAO/IAEA Division ...

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The IPPC Generic ePhyto National System (GeNS) Goes Live

Posted on Mon, 15 Jul 2019, 12:23

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat is proud to announce the release of the IPPC Generic ePhyto National System (GeNs). From today, any country interested in joining the IPPC GeNs can begin its registration process. Interested countries are encouraged to visit the following link where full instructions are given: https://www.ephytoexchange.org/landing/gens/index.html

The release of the IPPC GeNS is a success story of the IPPC ePhyto Solution Project. While hard work is still ahead, the project has come a long way from an idea to a functioning system where countries are exchanging IPPC ePhytos ...

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Harnessing technology to benefit the environment: the IPPC at the 10th InforMEA Steering Committee Meeting

Posted on Fri, 05 Jul 2019, 14:46

The 10th Meeting of the InforMEA Steering Committee in Montreux, Switzerland. © UNEP

14 June 2019, Montreux - The 10th Meeting of the InforMEA Steering Committee was held from 11 to 14 June 2019 in Montreux, Switzerland. Ms Paola Sentinelli, Information Management Officer of the IPPC Secretariat, attended the meeting.

The InforMEA Program is committed to harnessing innovative technology to share knowledge; and harmonizing information systems across the environmental community and Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEA). It has been supported by UN Environment since 2010; and financially supported by the European Union since 2014.

As the project moves into its third phase, the ...

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