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Introduction to IPPC implementation: your questions answered

Thank you for participating in this webinar!

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 15:00-17:00 (CEST)

Recording: fao.zoom.us (Passcode: w+s9Q8uX)

As part of its mandate, the IPPC Secretariat endeavours to be as close as possible to the needs of NPPOs and RPPOs. In that regard, the IPPC Secretariat recognises the need to provide clarity on implementation and capacity development activities, especially for new NPPO and RPPO staff. The IPPC Secretariat also aims to provide clear guidance on how to access the wealth of materials, information and tools freely available on the International Phytosanitary Portal (IPP).

The webinar will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and French. The IPPC Secretariat is very grateful to the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) for their support in providing Spanish interpretation for this event, and to the Ministère de l'Agriculture et de l'Alimentation and FranceAgriMer for their support in providing French interpretation.

This webinar will explore the role of the Implementation and Facilitation Unit (IFU) within the IPPC Secretariat and will demonstrate, through a practical presentation, implementation and capacity development products, including guides, e-learning courses and on-line tools that are freely available to all members of the international phytosanitary community.

Target audience:

  • National Plant Protection Organizations (NPPOs)
  • Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs)
  • External organizations, donors and partners

Anyone else who would like a better understanding of the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC) and the IPPC Secretariat and their roles in capacity development supporting the implementation of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and international standards for phytosanitary measures (ISPMs).


External speakers

Ahmed Abdelmottaleb

Ahmed Abdelmottaleb is a phytosanitary expert and certified trainer, he has extensive experience as an agronomist in the fields of plant protection and quarantine, at two different NPPOs in the near east region (Egypt and Qatar), mainly in phytosanitary inspection, Pest Risk Analysis, and Pest Free Areas. Ahmed is also a member of the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee of the IPPC as the regional representative for the Near East and North Africa (NENA) region. He is involved in phytosanitary activities and projects at a national, regional and international level and is contracted by FAO as an international phytosanitary expert.

Stephanie Bloem

Stephanie Bloem is NAPPO’s Executive Director. In this role, she manages the NAPPO Secretariat’s human and financial resources while leading the fulfilment of the NAPPO Executive Committee’s strategic plan, annual work program, and cross-cutting priority goals for North America. Stephanie was born in Mexico and grew-up in Guatemala. She has an undergraduate in Biology from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and a Doctorate in Entomology from the University of California at Davis. During her career, she has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications as well as several book chapters on topics such as taxonomy and systematics, sterile insect technique, inherited sterility, and risk management. Stephanie is the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee (IC) representative for RPPOs.

Faith Ndunge

Faith Ndunge has a background in Horticulture and works with Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) where she is the Ag. Head of Trade and Standards Department.
She has the overall responsibility of Coordinating trade facilitation, market access negotiations, standard setting and implementation as well as trade policy analysis and reviews. She has experience in implementation of ​phytosanitary systems and standard setting at the National, Regional and International levels. In addition to this she has been active in capacity building of staff, stakeholders and other phytosanitary practitioners on phytosanitary measures. She is a member of the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC-FAO).

Dominique Pelletier

Dominique Pelletier is the Chair of the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee, or IC, and National Manager of the Forestry Section at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. He has been a member of the IC since its inception in 2017, representing North America, and has been involved in many of the Committee’s topics, including IRSS (now IPPC Observatory), the development of tools for the establishment of systems approaches, the IC Team on Projects, and the Sea Container Task Force. He has worked for over 18 years within his NPPO, primarily in the horticulture and forestry sectors, as well as in international trade matters. Until recently, he was involved in the planning and delivery of the North American Plant Protection Organization’s (NAPPO) work programme.

IPPC Secretariat staff - for detailed biographies please refer to https://www.ippc.int/en/about/secretariat/

Sarah Brunel

Acting Officer in Charge for Implementation Facilitation Unit (IFU) – daily matters

Osama El-Lissy

Secretary, IPPC

Juan Rull Gabayet

Implementation Facilitation Consultant, IFU

Barbara Peterson

Implementation Facilitation Officer, IFU

Fitzroy White

Implementation Facilitation Consultant, IFU

Natsumi Yamada

Implementation Facilitation Officer, IFU


Session Content Length (minutes) Presenter
Opening and ice-breaker 5 Sarah Brunel
(Webinar moderator)
Introductory remarks by the IPPC Secretary 5 Osama El-Lissy
Session 1 IPPC Overview, an introductory presentation including:
- A brief history of the IPPC, key milestones and governance mechanisms.
- Core activities of the IPPC Secretariat. The role of implementation & capacity development.
20 Osama El-Lissy
Session 2 Panel discussion with members of the Implementation and Capacity Development Committee illustrating:
- How national and regional representatives contribute to the development of implementation and capacity development products and the benefit of doing so.
- Tangible examples of how implementation and capacity development materials have supported NPPOs in implementing ISPMs.
30 Ahmed Abdelmottaleb
(IC Regional representative for NENA, Egypt NPPO)
Stephanie Bloem
(IC Member representative of RPPOs, NAPPO)
Faith Ndunge
(IC Regional representative for Africa, KEPHIS)
Dominique Pelletier
(IC Chair, Regional representative for North America, Canada NPPO)
Session 3 Introduction to the types of implementation and capacity development materials that are available with a demonstration showing how to access:
- Phytosanitary system component pages
- IPPC Guides and training materials
- A series of NEW e-learning courses
20 Natsumi Yamada
Barbara Peterson
Juan Rull Gabayet
Session 4 Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluations in a nutshell: a brief overview of the benefits, and the process for phytosanitary capacity evaluation - illustrated by country case study examples. 10 Fitzroy White
Q&A Respond to written questions in Q&A section or in chat 20 Moderator / ALL
Closing Closing remarks by the IPPC Secretariat 5 Sarah Brunel

The webinar will be moderated by Sarah Brunel, OIC IFU Lead for daily matters, International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat, FAO

Phytosanitary System Component Pages

IPPC Guides and Training Materials

Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE)

Doc # Agenda # Title Files Publications date
Session 1 The International Plant Protection Convention: An Overview En 30 May 2022
Session 4 Benefits of conducting a Phytosanitary Capacity Evaluation (PCE) En 30 May 2022
Questions and Answers En 09 Jun 2022

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