The IPPC helps countries to improve their collaboration and technical ability to apply standards to prevent the introduction and spread of pests that destroy the environment and biodiversity.
In a world where human activities and climate change are putting immense pressure on the environment and threatening the gains made towards ensuring plant health, the IPPC promotes sustainable pest risk mitigation options, phytosanitary treatments and procedures that protect the environment and contribute to better human, animal and plant health.
Surveillance, reporting, pest risk analysis and management are essential in plant protection to prevent harmful pests, especially as a result of climate change. The International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs) that the IPPC adopts have a significant role thus far. ISPM 6 (Surveillance), for instance, describes the requirements for national plant protection organizations to set up surveillance systems and provides a technical basis for many phytosanitary measures against pests detrimental to the environment and biodiversity.