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New IPPC draft standards progressing for consultation

Posted on Sat, 04 Jun 2016, 13:28

The Standards Committee Working Group (SC-7) met from 16 to 20 May at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. Mr Nico HORN (The Netherlands) and Mr Ezequiel FERRO (Argentina) chaired the meeting. All FAO regions were represented in the meeting.

The SC-7 reviewed comments from previous consultations on four draft ISPMs. The SC-7 requested that the draft Annex 1 and 2 to ISPM 15 (Regulation of wood packaging material in international trade) for inclusion and revision of the phytosanitary treatment sulphuryl fluoride fumigation of wood packaging material (2006-010A and 2006-010B) be sent back to the Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments (TPPT ...

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Successful Completion of the STDF Project 350 by the IPPC Secretariat

Posted on Tue, 24 May 2016, 14:58

On conclusion of the STDF Project 350 “Global Phytosanitary Manuals, Standard Operating Procedures and Training Kits” by the IPPC Secretariat, over 300 new phytosanitary technical resources have been posted, and more than 20 technical resources have been developed, including phytosanitary manuals, e-learning tools, training kits, advocacy materials, factsheets and photographic resources.

The primary objective of this project was to enhance the global phytosanitary capacity to protect plant resources from pests of plants through the strengthening contracting parties’ ability to implement the IPPC and its ISPMs. By providing contracting parties with a concrete set of internationally accepted technical resources, the project ...

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The world health body you’ve never heard of – but should have

Posted on Wed, 18 May 2016, 11:34

This is a synopsis of a full article on Theconversation.com that can be seen at https://theconversation.com/the-world-health-body-youve-never-heard-of-but-should-have-59114 and is written by Eric Boa.


In a world where physical goods and living things are moved around with increasing frequency to more places, the opportunities for diseases and pests to spread are multiplying all the time. The consequences of new incursions can be catastrophic, hence the need for a trio of organizations that oversee health matters at a global level. The World Health Organization (WHO) is the best known of the triumvirate, most recently for the wrong reasons ...

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Standards Committee: progressing the development of standards

Posted on Wed, 18 May 2016, 08:30

The 28th IPPC Standards Committee (SC) convened from 9 to 13 May at FAO-HQ in Rome. The meeting was chaired by Mr Jan Bart Rossel (Australia) and attended by 20 out of 25 SC members and 4 observers. Key discussions included: the review and approval of ISPMs for country consultation, considering the reorganization of the suite of fruit fly standards, oversight of the work of the Technical Panels, and discussions on how to enhance the interactions between standard setting and implementation facilitation units.

Four draft ISPMs were approved for consultation: the draft standards on surveillance, temperature treatments requirements, the amendments ...

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The IPPC Seminar: Plant Health Standards and Food Security

Posted on Tue, 17 May 2016, 10:41

The 4th IPPC seminar on Plant Health Standards and Food Security, was held at FAO-HQ (Sheikh Zayed Centre) on 13 May 2016, which focused on how standards for plant health directly enhances food security globally. Over 100 participants attended the Seminar, including the permanent representatives of three Rome-based UN agencies, members and observers of the IPPC Standard Committee, as well as the IPPC and FAO staff.

Mr Jingyuan Xia, Secretary to the IPPC, chaired the Seminar, pointing out how the IPPC is the only international organization for plant health standards in the world and, as such, is a key instrument ...

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Threats from Invasive Species: A driver for the extinction of plants

Posted on Tue, 10 May 2016, 18:04

A fifth of the world's plant species are at risk of extinction, British researchers warned Tuesday in an unprecedented global census of the plant kingdom. The survey by Britain's Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, London, said 21 percent of plant species are under threat. The report, the first of its kind, is intended to become a global reference point for the study of plants.

The study, which estimates there are a total of 390,900 plants known to science, found farming to be the biggest extinction threat. Logging, the gathering of plants, construction work, climate change and severe ...

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The FAO-IPPC-CIHEAM International Workshop on Xylella fastidiosa successfully held in Bari, Italy

Posted on Wed, 04 May 2016, 13:25

The FAO-IPPC-CIHEAM International Workshop on Xylella fastidiosa & the Olive Quick Decline Syndrome (OQDS) was successfully held from 19-22 April 2016, in Bari, Italy. The Workshop was organized by FAO, IPPC and CIHEAM (the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies), with support of the Near East Plant Protection Organization (NEPPO) and the European Plant Protection Organization (EPPO). This is the first international workshop on Xylella fastidiosa since such destructive phytosanitary pest was reported on the olive trees in 2013, in Puglia, Italy. Over 140 participants attended the Workshop, who is from 36 countries as well as eight international and regional ...

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Encouragement for the IPPC Community to participate actively in the STDF Seminar on Electronic SPS Certification

Posted on Mon, 02 May 2016, 14:48

Electronic certification, ePhyto specifically, is increasingly important to the future of phytosanitary certification in the IPPC Community. For this reason the IPPC needs to actively engage on electronic certification to ensure a common understanding and create awareness of the benefits of such certification. Such an occasion is the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) Seminar on Electronic SPS Certification on 28 June 2016 at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. The overall objective of the Seminar is to raise awareness of the opportunities and the challenges related to the implementation of electronic SPS certification systems, mainly in developing countries ...

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The IPPC Theme for 2016: Plant Health and Food Security

Posted on Mon, 25 Apr 2016, 14:00

The Eleventh Session of the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM 11) was successfully held from 4-8 April 2016, in FAO-HQ, Rome, Italy. The CPM 11 is the first meeting for the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) towards the next five years (2016-2020). The Theme for the CPM 11 is “Plant Health and Food Security”. At the opening session of CPM 11, Dr Rudy Rabbinge, emeritus university professor at Wageningen University & Research, delivered a keynote emphasising the crucial role of Plant Health in Food Security in the past and in the future.

Crop protection is a pivotal sector in agriculture. The ...

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Plant health in the 21st century: the use of drones and sniffer dogs

Posted on Thu, 21 Apr 2016, 15:00

On 7 April 2016, the Eleventh Session of the Commission for Phytosanitary Measures held a side-session on Plant Health in the 21st Century: use of drones, apps, smart phones which attended by 100 delegates. The purpose of the side session was to present modern technologies already successfully used in plant health and discuss possible ways forward for their better deployment, in this case the use of drones and sniffer dogs.

Mr Brian McCornack, from Kansas State University's presented the project "Optimizing Surveillance Protocols Using Unmanned Aerial Systems" which is collaborative work between Kansas State University's Manhattan and Salina ...

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Reviewing the IPPC Financial Status: the IPPC Financial Committee (FC)

Posted on Thu, 21 Apr 2016, 09:01

The Financial Committee (FC) of the CPM Bureau met on 1 April 2016 to discuss relevant financial issues of the IPPC Secretariat. Chaired by Mr. John Greifer (USA), the FC discussed CPM-11 documents on financial matters, resource mobilization and sustainable funding of the IPPC Secretariat. IPPC Secretary made the presentation on the current financial position of the IPPC Secretariat and FC noted the financial difficulties the Secretariat is facing. The FC supported the IPPC Secretariat in making the feasibility analysis on the voluntary assessed contributions (first stage) and potential mandatory assessed contributions (at a later stage). The FC also supported ...

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Pre-CPM 11 Training: Categorization of commodities according to their pest risk – ISPM 32

Posted on Wed, 20 Apr 2016, 17:06

The IPPC Secretariat held a pre-CPM 11 training session on the Categorization of commodities according to their pest risk – International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 32 – on 3 April 2016 in Rome, Italy. The training was attended by 95 participants, including representatives from contracting parties, RPPOs and international organizations, who actively contributed to the exercises and discussions held. The training session was held in English, while discussion was facilitated in English, French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.

The Secretariat introduced ISPM 32 as a key standard for international trade facilitation. Despite the importance of this international standard for international trade, the ...

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One Step Closer to Enhancing Food Security and Facilitating Trade

Posted on Wed, 20 Apr 2016, 15:44

To limit the international spread of pests and diseases that harm plants –from fruits, vegetables, grains to trees– it is essential to know which plants a pest will use to reproduce. These plants are called hosts, as they host or harbour pests that are transported when the plants are moved and traded, with the risk of the pests spreading. Ten years ago the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) community agreed that a standard was needed on how to determine whether a specific fruit may host damaging fruit flies. Ten years of dialogue, drafts and consultations were needed before the International ...

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FAO-IPPC-CIHEAM International Workshop on Xylella fastidiosa ​&​ the Olive Quick Decline Syndrome (OQDS) Valenzano, Italy, 19-22 April 2016

Posted on Mon, 18 Apr 2016, 18:31

The bacterium Xylella fastidiosa is a devastating pathogen that has more than 300 plant hosts belonging to crop, ornamental, forestry and natural vegetation species. Among them Citrus, grapes, almonds and olive are of main importance in the Near East and North Africa region.

Following the outbreaks of X. fastidiosa associated to the olive quick decline syndrome (OQDS) in Apulia (Italy), the National Plant Protection Organizations of the North-African and Near East countries have strongly expressed their concern and the need to get further information and training on Xylella fastidosa and the quick decline syndrome of olive to be able to ...

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