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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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Government of Japan’s support strengthens activities of the IPPC Secretariat programme on Capacity Development

Posted on Thu, 07 Jul 2016, 16:46

The government of Japan’s provision of funds to the IPPC has enhanced its capability for targeted support for improving the phytosanitary capacity of developing countries.

In 2012, the IPPC welcomed a significant extra-budgetary and technical contribution from the Government of Japan towards improving the phytosanitary capacity of developing countries (with particular focus on Asian countries). This activity concluded in 2016 and the IPPC Secretariat Capacity Development programme benefited from the technical support of a Japanese plant quarantine technical officer who assisted in various aspects of the coordination and planning of several capacity development projects and activities. The in-kind professional ...

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Working towards a stronger focus on IPPC Implementation: the Working Group on the Pilot Project on Surveillance convened

Posted on Thu, 30 Jun 2016, 12:22

The Informal Working Group on the IPPC Implementation Pilot Project on Surveillance, attended by 13 plant pest surveillance experts, was held in Bangkok Thailand on 11th – 12th of June 2016. Organized by the APPPC with the cooperation of the Republic of Korea, the meeting brought together representatives from Australia, Brazil, Japan, The Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Thailand, EPPO, CIHEAM, the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and the IPPC Secretariat.

What is the IPPC Implementation Pilot on Surveillance?

The pilot project on surveillance aims to draw together pest surveillance managers and experts to exchange experiences, discuss challenges ...

Tags: IPPC implementation facilitationIPPC Implementation Pilot on SurveillancePhytosanitary ResourcesXylella fastidiosaBactrocera Dorsalis ComplexInvasive Ants
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Opening of consultation on draft standards to the IPPC Community

Posted on Fri, 24 Jun 2016, 11:05

Starting on 1 July 2016 the IPPC Community will be using the new Online Comment System (OCS) to provide comments on draft standards, thus enhancing the transparency and inclusiveness of the standard setting process. With that said, the IPPC Secretariat is delighted to highlight an unprecedented total of 17 drafts going for simultaneous consultation further emphasizing the importance and significance of each country’s comments.

The 2016 first and subsequent consultation on draft ISPMs will open on 1 July 2016, and it will last 90 days, closing on 30 September 2016.

The following draft ISPMs were submitted for consultation by ...

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Improving Secretariat team work and delivery

Posted on Fri, 17 Jun 2016, 16:05

On the initiative of Mr Jingyuan Xia, Secretary to IPPC, the IPPC Secretariat held a small workshop on 15 June 2016 with the objective of introducing and discussing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes required to strengthen cooperation in the Secretariat. The workshop was facilitated by Mr Darren Brown and was attended by 19 Secretariat staff of all grades and responsibilities. While the workshop only lasted 2 hours, the outcome was positive. Indeed, the participants noted and appreciated the commitment, the engagement and the enthusiasm exhibited by the staff. The facilitator observed that the staff‘s potential and will to work ...

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Strengthening of Cooperation between the IPPC and STDF

Posted on Thu, 16 Jun 2016, 09:29

Mr Jingyuan Xia, the IPPC Secretary, had a meeting with Mr Melvin Spreij, the Secretary of the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF) on 15 June 2016, at FAO-HQ in Rome, Italy. Mr Craig Fedchock (the IPPC Coordinator), Ms Sarah Brunel (the IPPC Implementation Officer) and Mr Marko Benovic (the IPPC Finance Officer), also attended the meeting. The main objective of the meeting was to discuss a number of topics related to projects funded by STDF, projects ongoing and potential next steps for moving forward in the relationship between the two organizations.

Ms Brunel reviewed the report of the most ...

Tags: ePhytoSTDFcapacity developmentCapacity Development Committeemanualstrade facilitationPCE
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Strengthening the Effectiveness of the National Plant Protection Organizations

Posted on Tue, 14 Jun 2016, 16:04

The 8th Meeting of the Capacity Development Committee (CDC) convened from 23 - 27 May 2016, in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The meeting, chaired by Ms. Sally Jennings of New Zealand, was attended by all 7 of the 7 CDC members from each FAO region, as well as by CPM Bureau members Ms. Kyu-Ock Yim, Mr. Corne Van Alphen and an Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) observer Ms. Lourdes Follaneras.

Key areas of discussion included the Phytosanitary Resources website progress, advances in the STDF Project 401 “Training of Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) Evaluators”, the organization and scope of the ...

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Further Strengthening of Cooperation between the IPPC Secretariat and Brazil

Posted on Tue, 14 Jun 2016, 09:23

The IPPC Secretary, Mr Jingyuan Xia, met with H. E. Ms Maria Laura da Rocha, the Ambassador of the Brazilian Permanent Representation to FAO, WFP and IFAD, on 9 June 2016 in FAO-HQ. The IPPC delegation was composed of the IPPC coordinator, Mr Craig Fedchock, the Agricultural Officer in Standard Setting, Ms Adriana Moreira and the Information Exchange Officer, Mr David Nowell. The Brazilian Ambassador was accompanied by Ms Gianina Müller Pozzebon (Alternate Permanent Representative of Brazil to FAO, WFP and IFAD).

The main objectives of the meeting were to brief the concept note of the IPPC-China project on Strengthening ...

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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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