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Environmental protection and plant health: A new IPPC factsheet explains the link

Posted on Mon, 25 Feb 2019, 11:32

You cannot protect the environment without also safeguarding plant health. When plant pests and diseases spread into new areas they seriously damage entire ecosystems, putting at risk biological diversity and the environment itself. Tiny and lethal at the same time, plant pests and invasive alien species have been recently identified as the main driver of biodiversity loss. Pests are also responsible for losses of up to USD 220 billion in agricultural trade each year and the loss of 40 percent of the global food crop production.

Climate change is making the situation even worse. It is changing the life cycle ...

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Bactrocera dorsalis - New IPPC Diagnostic Protocol adopted

Posted on Mon, 25 Feb 2019, 09:50

DP 29: Bactrocera dorsalis: a) oviposition punctures on mango fruit mark spots where fruit flies lay their eggs. B) example of a female Bactrocera dorsalis. Photos courtesy of Luc Leblanc (University of Idaho, USA) and Yokohama Plant Protection Station, Japan.

The IPPC Standards Committee has adopted a new diagnostic protocol (DP) on behalf of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures. The adoption of the DP 29: Bactrocera dorsalis comes at the closing of the DP Notification Period on 20 February 2019.

This new DP will help countries prevent the entry or establishment of harmful fruit flies affecting numerous fruit species worldwide ...

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Developing capacity in pest risk analysis and market access for francophone African countries in collaboration with COLEACP

Posted on Wed, 13 Feb 2019, 16:27

25 January 2019, Dakar - Many African countries seek to develop capacity in pest risk analysis, both to protect their territories from pests, and to get access to international markets by more fully understanding the requirements of importing countries.

The IPPC Secretariat therefore prepared and delivered a five-day interactive training course for the COLEACP (Comité de liaison Europe-Afrique-Caraïbes-Pacifique) on these topics. The course took place in Saly, Dakar from 21 to 25 January 2019 and focused on:

  • Pest risk analysis (PRA) using case studies of Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) and False codling moth (Thaumatotibia leucotreta); and

  • Market access (delivered through role ...

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The ePhyto Project Advisory Committee looks at the project’s major achievements and next steps

Posted on Wed, 06 Feb 2019, 14:12

29 January 2019, Geneva - The ePhyto Project Advisory Committee met for the fourth time on 29 January 2019 at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Since the last meeting in Rome during the summer of 2018, the ePhyto Solution project has advanced significantly.

The Secretariat proudly presented the Generic ePhyto National System, also known as “GeNS”. Discussions centered on the advancement of GeNS pilot countries, industry case studies, the 5-Year Strategic Plan, the donor strategy and what will happen upon the completion of the project at the end of 2019. The meeting concluded with an overview of the progress ...

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The ePhyto Industry Advisory Group (IAG) meets in Geneva

Posted on Wed, 06 Feb 2019, 13:58

30 January 2019, Geneva - The ePhyto Industry Advisory Group (IAG) met for the fourth time at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland on 30 January 2019. IAG participants included the leaders of international NGOs representing the global grains, seeds, flowers, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, wood products and cotton industries.

The meeting began with an overview of the ePhyto Solution progress, including a demonstration of the Generic National System (GeNS). The group, which included the IPPC ePhyto team, discussed in detail progress made with the industry case studies; and set timeframes and objectives for the future.

They also discussed the ...

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A Brainstorming Session on Capacity and Professional Development at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the IPPC Secretariat

Posted on Fri, 01 Feb 2019, 09:06

Mr. Brent Larson (Implementation Facilitation Unit Lead) and Ms Ketevan Lomsadze (Implementation Facilitation Officer) facilitated the Brainstorming Session on Capacity Development. ©FAO/ Sara Giuliani

25 January 2019, Rome – A dynamic brainstorming session, aimed at raising awareness of the concept of Capacity and Professional Development, took place during the 2018 Annual Meeting of the IPPC Secretariat. The concept of Capacity and Professional Development aligns with the 2019 IPPC Annual theme “Plant Health and Capacity Development” and the 2019 IPPC Secretariat Annual theme “Professional Development”. The brainstorming session was chaired by Mr. Brent Larson (Implementation Facilitation Unit Lead), and facilitated by Ms ...

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The 2019 Annual Meeting of the IPPC Secretariat in Rome, Italy

Posted on Tue, 29 Jan 2019, 14:51

25 January 2018, Rome – The IPPC Secretariat kicked off 2019 by reflecting on its major achievements in 2018 and on its plans and vision for 2019. The annual meeting with the theme of “Professional Development” took place on 25 January 2019 at FAO Headquarters in Rome. The meeting was chaired by IPPC Secretary Mr Jingyuan Xia and attended by all Secretariat staff. Following briefings from team, task force and group leaders, IPPC Secretary Xia concluded by presenting the major achievements of 2018 and the core activities for 2019.

Major Achievements in 2018

Mr Xia highlighted ten achievements of the IPPC ...

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New year greetings from the IPPC Secretariat

Posted on Fri, 21 Dec 2018, 15:21

Dear colleagues,

On behalf of the entire IPPC Secretariat, I am pleased to convey my sincere greetings to you for the holiday season, and show my great appreciation for your strong support and positive contribution to the IPPC throughout 2018.

This has been a remarkable year for the IPPC, with much progress made on the IPPC annual theme of “Plant Health and Environmental Protection”. Among the many achievements of this year, allow me to name a few:

1) A series of activities have been organized to disseminate the 2018 IPPC annual theme, resulting in increased cooperation with the Convention on ...

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Plant Health in the news!

Posted on Fri, 21 Dec 2018, 12:14

The UN General Assembly has declared 2020 the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). This global observance is expected to raise awareness of the importance of plant health to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals and to strengthen plant protection services at all levels.

The news has received great attention on the web, including on the FAO and IPPC websites:

Several statements and press releases were delivered by countries, regions and partners:

Tags: IYPH
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A year to celebrate plants: UN proclaims 2020 the International Year of Plant Health

Posted on Thu, 20 Dec 2018, 17:32

IPPC hails proclamation of the International Year of Plant Health

UN General Assembly proclaims 2020 as year to recognize and protect plant health

20 December 2018, Rome – The UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Plant Protection Convention Secretariat, based at FAO, welcome the UN General Assembly’s adoption today of a resolution proclaiming 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH). The year is expected to increase awareness among the public and policy makers of the importance of healthy plants and the necessity to protect them in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Today, up to ...

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A Glimpse of the IPPC ePhyto Hub and ePhyto Generic National System (GeNS) in Action

Posted on Thu, 20 Dec 2018, 15:20

10 December 2018, Tokyo - Participants from the Asia Pacific Region caught a glimpse of how the IPPC “ePhyto Solution” can facilitate trade at a recent meeting held in Tokyo, Japan from 9 to 10 December 2018. The joint meeting of the Asia and Pacific ePhyto Workshop and the Asia Pacific Plant Protection Convention (APPPC) ePhyto Working Group included participants from fourteen countries and the IPPC Secretariat, represented by Senior Advisor Mr. Craig Fedchock.

Live demonstrations of the IPPC ePhyto Hub and the Generic National System (GeNS) were conducted during the meeting. ePhytos are electronic phytosanitary certificates whereas the “Hub” is ...

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Facilitating trade without compromising human, plant and animal health – Highlights from the Border Agency Cooperation Workshop in South Africa

Posted on Thu, 20 Dec 2018, 12:03

16 November 2018, Cape Town - The 2017 landmark World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) seeks to facilitate trade by reducing red tape and bureaucracy at borders; while promoting cooperation among border agencies. Indeed, the WTO estimates that the “full implementation of the TFA could reduce trade costs by an average of 14.3 percent and boost global trade by up to USD 1 trillion per year, with the biggest gains in the poorest countries”.

In order to explore ways to implement the TFA without compromising sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, a Border Agency Cooperation Workshop was organized ...

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Highlights from the December 2018 Commission on Phytosanitary Measures Bureau meeting

Posted on Wed, 19 Dec 2018, 16:54

11 December 2018 - The Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) Bureau met virtually on 11 December 2018. Participants included six Bureau members and IPPC Secretariat core team members. Mr. Javier Trujillo (Mexico) chaired the meeting.

The meeting covered important topics such as sustainable funding for the IPPC Secretariat, resource mobilization, the Agenda and side sessions for CPM-14 (2019); and updates from the IPPC Standards and Implementation and Capacity Development (IC) Committees, and the Task Force on Sea Containers.

The CPM Bureau decided on several action points and agreed to:

  • present the recommendation on Next Generation Sequencing technologies as a diagnostic tool ...

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Strengthening Bilateral Cooperation between the IPPC Secretariat and South Africa

Posted on Tue, 18 Dec 2018, 17:20

23 November 2018, Rome - Mr Xia Jingyuan, IPPC Secretary, met with H.E. Mr Senzeni Zokwana, South Africa’s Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, during the International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers held at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. Minister Zokwana was accompanied by H.E. Prof Shirish M. Soni, the South African Ambassador to Italy.

The IPPC Secretary Xia expressed his gratitude to Minister Zokwana and Ambassador Soni for South Africa’s continuous and strong support to the IPPC’s dispute settlement activity. He also briefed them on important IPPC developments including commodity and pathway standards ...

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