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Five more IPPC Diagnostic Protocols newly adopted!

Posted on Tue, 16 Aug 2016, 11:29

The IPPC Secretariat is delighted to announce that on 15 August 2016 five more diagnostic protocols (DPs) were adopted by the Standards Committee (SC) on behalf of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM):

  • DP 13 Erwinia amylovora (2004-009)
  • DP 14 Xanthomonas fragariae (2004-012)
  • DP 15 Citrus tristeza virus (2004-021)
  • DP 16 Genus Liriomyza Mik (2006-017)
  • DP 17 Aphelenchoides besseyi, A. ritzemabosi and A. fragariae (2006-025)

These DPs have now been added to the suite of adopted diagnostic protocols, annexes to ISPM 27 (Diagnostic protocols for regulated pests). The development of these protocols is thanks to the dedication and commitment of ...

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Harmonizing the IPPC diagnostic protocols to protect plant resource and to facilitate trade

Posted on Thu, 28 Jul 2016, 16:36

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) meeting on Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols (TPDP) took place on 11-15 July 2016 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Industry Commerce Agriculture and Fisheries and organized by the Plant Quarantine Produce Inspection Branch, Jamaica’s National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO). The meeting was attended by seven TPDP members (Australia, Canada, France, Jamaica, New Zealand, Netherlands and USA), as well as the TPDP Steward, one invited expert (EPPO), two representatives from the host organization, and two representatives from the IPPC Secretariat, Ms Adriana Moreira and Ms Stephanie Dubon ...

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A Milestone for Implementation of Enhancement Evaluation: Preparing for Establishment of an Oversight Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the IPPC

Posted on Mon, 25 Jul 2016, 09:32

The Focus Group on establishment of a new subsidiary body for implementation of the IPPC met from 18-22 July 2016 at the EPPO Headquarters in Paris, France. The Focus Group was established following the decision by CPM 11 (2016) so as to carefully consider the purpose, scope and functions of the new subsidiary body and to propose governance, membership, and Rules of Procedure. The Focus Group was composed of a member from each region nominated through their Bureau member, as well as of one representative from the CPM Bureau, the Capacity Development Committee (CDC), the Standard Committee (SC), the Regional ...

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2016 Mid-year Meeting of the IPPC Secretariat held with the Theme “Moving towards One IPPC”

Posted on Fri, 22 Jul 2016, 11:39

The 2016 Mid-year meeting of the IPPC Secretariat was held on 15 July at the HQ-FAO in Rome, Italy. The main objectives of the meeting were to review the major achievements of the IPPC Secretariat for the first semester, to plan the core activities for the second semester, and to strengthen team building for moving towards “One IPPC”. The meeting was chaired by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, with participation of the Secretariat’s staff. The IPPC Coordinator (Mr Craig Fedchock) and the Team Leads (Mr Brent Larson, Mr Orlando Sosa and Mr David Nowell) made briefings on their ...

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The IPPC Delegate Meeting with the Senior Officials of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS)

Posted on Fri, 22 Jul 2016, 09:44

The IPPC delegate had a meeting with the delegate of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) on 23 June 2016, in Beijing, China. The IPPC delegate, led by Dr. Jingyuan Xia (the IPPC Secretary), was composed of the core team members of the IPPC Secretariat and all the CPM Bureau members. The CAAS delegate, headed by Dr. Kongming Wu (the Vice President of the CAAS), and was consisted of over 15 senior officials in plant health research.

The Vice President Wu delivered a welcome address and a briefing on the CAAS; and the IPPC Secretary Xia made a brief ...

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The IPPC Delegate Meeting with the Senior Officials of the Chinese General Administration for Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ)

Posted on Fri, 22 Jul 2016, 09:42

The IPPC delegate had a meeting with the delegate of the Chinese General Administration for Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) on 22 June 2016, in Beijing, China. The IPPC delegate, led by Dr. Jingyuan Xia (the IPPC Secretary), was composed of the core team members of the IPPC Secretariat and all the CPM Bureau members. The AQSIQ delegate, headed by Mr. Wei WANG (the Vice Minister of AQSIQ), was consisted of over 20 senior officials in the area of plant health regulation.

The Vice Minister WANG delivered a welcome address; and the Secretary XIA made a brief introduction about ...

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The IPPC Delegate Meeting with the Senior Officials of the China National Agricultural University (CAU)

Posted on Fri, 22 Jul 2016, 09:40

The IPPC delegate had a meeting with the delegate of the China National Agriculture University (CAU) on 21 June 2016, in Beijing, China. The IPPC delegate, led by Dr. Jingyuan Xia (the IPPC Secretary), was composed of the core team members of the IPPC Secretariat and all the CPM Bureau members. The CAU delegate, headed by Dr. Zhaohu Li (the Vice President of the CAU), was consisted of several professors of plant health.

The IPPC Secretary made a brief introduction about the IPPC, the IPPC governing bodies, the IPPC Secretariat, the IPPC core activities, and the IPPC cooperation with China ...

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CPM Bureau Meeting Successfully held in Beijing, China

Posted on Fri, 22 Jul 2016, 09:39

The CPM Bureau meeting was successfully run from 21-24 June in Beijing, China. This was the first Bureau meeting since the new membership was established during CPM-11 in April 2016, and it was also the first meeting of the CPM Bureau to be held outside of Rome. The meeting was chaired by Ms Lois Ransom, the Bureau Chair from Australia, and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, with presence of all the Bureau members.

At the opening section, Mr Caiwen He, the Deputy Director General of the Crop production and Protection Department as well as the Focus Point ...

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CPM Finance Committee Meeting successfully held in Beijing, China

Posted on Fri, 22 Jul 2016, 09:35

The CPM Finance Committee (FC) meeting was successfully held on 20 June in Beijing, China, This was the first FC meeting since the new membership was established during CPM-11 in April 2016, and it was also the first FC meeting to be run outside of Rome. The meeting was chaired by Ms Marie-Claude Forest (the FC Chair from Canada), and opened by Mr Jingyuan Xia (the IPPC Secretary), with presence of all the FC members.

The key topics of the FC meeting included a briefing on the budget performance and resource mobilization of the IPPC Secretariat for 2016, a discussion ...

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Strong Support from the IPPC for promoting the phytosanitary control services in the Central Asia

Posted on Tue, 19 Jul 2016, 10:03

The Central Asia is an important agricultural region, where crops such as cereals, cotton, fruits, grapes and vegetables are grown and produced on a large scale. Agricultural production, processing, and related services remain an important source of income in many Central Asia countries (approaching 20-25% of GDP in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan). However, the same agricultural products usually suffer the negative incidence of a number of pests, including highly dangerous quarantine pests, causing significant economic damage.

Phytosanitary control services in the region have carried out work to prevent the introduction and further spread of these organisms within the boundaries of ...

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The 1st Training Workshop on the PCE Facilitators Successfully Organized in Ronciglione, Italy

Posted on Mon, 18 Jul 2016, 17:08

Held in Ronciglione, Italy, from June 27th – July 9th, the 1st training workshop on the Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) facilitators brought together nine carefully selected phytosanitary experts from the MENA and the Eastern Europe regions and 13 staff of the FAO legal division and the IPPC. Workshop participants were trained to broaden and enhance their expertise in facilitating the application of the PCE tool.

Improving national-level coordination and coherence of plant protection programmes requires improved needs assessment and action planning. In an effort to improve existing or planned phytosanitary capacity systems the IPPC with the financial support of the STDF ...

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Enhancing Georgia’s plant protection system through the use of the PCE

Posted on Wed, 13 Jul 2016, 19:16

The IPPC Secretariat together with the FAO has launched a Technical Cooperation Programme Facility (TCPF) project to conduct a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) of the phytosanitary system of Georgia at the request of the National Food Agency (NFA) of the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia.

Enhancing Georgia’s food safety, veterinary and plant protection system is a strategic objective of the Georgian government. The National Food Agency is the key institution for plant protection in Georgia and holds the authority to supervise, monitor and control the safety and quality of food/feed, as well as sanitary-hygienic, veterinary, plant protection and ...

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Release of New IPP Homepage: A new image of the IPPC towards 2020

Posted on Tue, 12 Jul 2016, 12:44

Today is a historic day for the IPPC community as a new IPP homepage is released on 12 July 2016 by the IPPC Secretariat. This is also a milestone for the IPPC community to move towards 2020. The new IPP homepage possesses five important characters: a) more comprehensive; b) more concise; c) more efficient; d) more attractive; and e) more user friendly.

Although, the new IPP homepage is significantly different from the last one, there should be a degree of familiarity as there are direct links to all key information and work areas of the IPPC. The underlying structure and ...

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Supporting Food Security in the Middle East, North and Horn of Africa

Posted on Thu, 07 Jul 2016, 16:50

With the support of the IPPC Secretariat and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, NPPO staff in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) and Horn of Africa regions are working towards strengthening their food security and biosafety status and adding continued momentum towards the IPPCs theme for 2016 - Plant Health and Food Security.

The geographical positioning of the MENA and Horn of Africa region makes it particularly vulnerable to south to north migratory movements of pathogens and pests of plants. Protracted instability in the region has only exacerbated the vulnerability of these countries ...

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