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Sign up for the IPPC CPM-14 Mobile App with everything you need for CPM-14!

Posted on Wed, 27 Mar 2019, 09:25

Rome, 27 March 2019 -The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) in collaboration with the FAO IT department (CIO) has built a mobile app for 14th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM-14) that will greatly simplify participant’s experience at CPM-14.

The app can be downloaded for free to your iPhone, iPad, or Android. It contains all the information you need for the event plus extra features to enhance your experience such as networking opportunities, schedules, and much more. The app allows you to:

  • Access scheduled sessions and customize your agenda with personal appointments
  • Access meeting documents
  • Locate meeting ...

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The IPPC and the World Customs Organization (WCO) agree on a Joint Work Plan for Cooperation

Posted on Wed, 20 Mar 2019, 09:43

The Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Mr. Kunio Mikuriya and the Secretary to the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), Mr. Jingyuan Xia.

18 March 2019, Rome - At the invitation of the Secretary to the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), Mr. Jingyuan Xia, the Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, visited the IPPC Secretariat hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy. Both parties agreed on a Joint Work Plan for Cooperation (2019-2022) between the two Organizations, following on from the IPPC-WCO Cooperation Agreement signed on 19 June 2018.

The ...

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Improving the Monitoring and Evaluation System for the IPPC Secretariat and IPPC Community

Posted on Mon, 18 Mar 2019, 12:03

19 February 2019, Rome - The IPPC Secretariat’s Task Force on Monitoring and Evaluation (TFME) organized a two-day workshop to develop a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework. The new M&E framework will help improve the IPPC Secretariat’s ability to monitor the implementation of the IPPC Strategic Framework 2020-2030 once adopted. It will also provide guidance to contacting parties seeking to establish their own national M&E frameworks.

During the workshop, which took place from 18 to 19 February 2019, the IPPC Community‘s Theory of Change (ToC) was updated. The IPPC Secretariat’s M&E matrix was ...

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A New Memorandum of Understanding with the IPPC Secretariat will help Sri Lanka Boost its Phytosanitary Capacity

Posted on Mon, 11 Mar 2019, 12:22

A historical moment: signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the IPPC Secretariat and the Sri Lankan NPPO. Through the MoU, Sri Lanka will become a pilot country for the IPPC-China South South Cooperation Project. © IPPC Secretariat.

25 February 2019, Colombo, Sri Lanka - Through its “One Belt, One Road” initiative, China aims to reactivate the ancient silk trade routes. This effort to promote trade and build infrastructure across maritime and terrestrial pathways has phytosanitary consequences. To prevent the introduction and spread of pests along these pathways, China is investing resources to strengthen collaboration and build the phytosanitary capacities of the ...

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Nicaragua aims for excellence in its phytosanitary system and conducts its first Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation

Posted on Fri, 08 Mar 2019, 14:19

The Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation team visiting the USD 40 million new border post with Costa Rica in Peñas Blancas. © IPSA

4 February 2019, Managua - In 2014, Nicaragua enacted a new phytosanitary regulation and put a strong focus on improving its phytosanitary system, as agriculture is the major economic activity in the country. Nicaragua strives to increase its market access and protect its territory. To reach this objective, the Instituto de Protección y Sanidad Agropecuaria (IPSA) in collaboration with FAO agreed to conduct a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE).

A PCE is a process which brings together all relevant national stakeholders to ...

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Biodiversity decline is impacting plant health

Posted on Thu, 07 Mar 2019, 17:32

7 March 2019, Rome – A new report from FAO throws light on the negative impacts of climate change, overpopulation, pollution and other factors on biodiversity. In particular, FAO’s 2018 State of the World’s Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture shows how biodiversity for food and agriculture (BFA) is declining everywhere. Countries have reported that 24% of nearly 4,000 wild food species, among plants, fish and mammals, are decreasing.

To make things worse, pests and diseases are also putting BFA at risk. A recent IPPC factsheet on plant health and environmental protection reports that Invasive alien species are one ...

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International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) Steering Committee meets in Rome

Posted on Fri, 01 Mar 2019, 15:21

The International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) Steering Committee. Photo: © FAO / Sara Giuliani

15 February 2019, Rome - Twenty-two participants representing governments, stakeholders and FAO divisions attended the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) Steering Committee meeting held at FAO Headquarters in Rome from 14 to 15 February 2019. It was the first meeting since the official proclamation of IYPH in December 2018 and many important issues were discussed - including initial plans for celebrating the year.

The committee discussed the IYPH’s s visual identity and global programme of events. The latter will include an IYPH Partners Coordination meeting on 6 ...

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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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