2018 Theme: Environmental Protection

It is now recognised that nature is not an optional “luxury” – but an essential foundation for human well-being and sustainable development. The preservation and sustainable use of nature and its components is not a problem to be solved but an integral part of a number of solutions such as water security and sanitation, ending hunger and assuring food-security, improved livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and ending poverty, among others.

Therefore, actions to ensure the conservation of the environment and sustainable use of biodiversity have to be integrated and mainstreamed into development schemes across all sectors to realise the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including the actions undertaken under the remit of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) to achieve these goals.

To this end, inter alia the IPPC allows for:

  • the conservation or protection of natural ecosystems; and
  • the protection of food security, improved livelihoods and sustainable plant production through the protection of the environment and biodiversity in both natural and agricultural production systems.

The IPPC Secretariat is working closely with other biodiversity-related conventions under the framework of the Biodiversity Liaison Group (BLG), of which the IPPC Secretariat is a member since August 2014.

In collaboration with UN Environment and within the UN Environment Multilateral Environment Agreements Knowledge Management Initiative, the IPPC Secretariat developed an e-learning course “Introduction to the International Plant Protection Convention”. The course is publicly available on the InforMEA e-learning platform and is free of charge.

InforMEA harvests and displays a series of data obtained from different Multilateral Environmental Agreements including introductory courses. Effectively addressing global environmental challenges depends on a well-functioning and coherent governance framework and on a common understanding of each actor’s role and mandate. Enhanced “interoperability” of information and knowledge systems among Multilateral Environmental Agreements and organizations can greatly assist in overcoming institutional fragmentation.

Other ongoing initiatives include the coordination of respective public information officers, aimed at improving the awareness on the importance of biodiversity.


2018 is the IPPC year of Plant Health and Environmental Protection. A series of activities are being organized to celebrate this year

Doc # Agenda # Title Files Publication date
CPM-13 Special Topic Session - Presentation by Vernon Heywood En 02 May 2018
CPM-13 Special Topic Session - Presentation by Kyu-Ock Yim En 02 May 2018
CPM-13 Special Topic Session - Presentation by Geoffrey Donovan 02 May 2018
CPM-13 Special Topic Session - Presentation by Viliami Kami En 02 May 2018
CPM-13 Side Session - Presentation by Kent Nnadozie En 02 May 2018
CPM-13 Side Session - Presentation by Andreas Obrecht En 02 May 2018
CPM-13 Side Session - Presentation by Piero Genovesi En 02 May 2018
CPM-13 Presentation on Fall Armyworm by Allan Hruska En 10 May 2018

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