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Compiled comments for member consultation on draft specifications have been posted on the IPP: https://www.ippc.int/core-activities/standards-setting/compiled-member-comments-draft-specifications
NPPOs and RPPOs can check the above documents to make sure that comments correctly reflect those entered into the OCS by their contact points.
Aproceros leucopoda young larva feeding on Ulmus cultivar 'Resista' by Thomas Schröder
Dr Thomas Schröder, of the Institute for National and International Plant Health in Braunschweig, Germany, has won first prize in the inaugural Pests Without Borders photo contest organized by the Capacity Development Committee of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC).
Dr Schröder’s picture of a young larva of the zig zag elm sawfly (Aproceros leucopoda) fe...
Mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae) has destroyed about 16 million ha of forests and 675 million cubic metres of timber in British Columbia and east of the Rockies in Alberta. With care, timber can be treated to eliminate pests, permitting safe export. Photo credit: Canadian Forest Service.
Pest management to protect forests
As the world gears up to mark the 3rd annual International Day of Forests tomorrow (21 March), it is worth rememberi...
Updated schedule of the Capacity Development pre-CPM – 10 Training Session, Side Sessions, Market places and Special Topics can be seen here.
A capacity development training session, range of side sessions, market places places and special topics will take place during the week of the tenth session of the Commission on the Phytosanitary Measures (16 – 20 March 2015) at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.
The three finalist photos and thirty shortlisted photos of the Photo Contest Pest without Borders are available at http://www.phytosanitary.info/final-selection
Deadline for the online voting is 19 March 2015 at 6pm.
In addition to the online voting, in-person...
Dr Stephanie Bloem has been appointed the new executive director of the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) and will assume her duties on 01 July 2015. She will manage the NAPPO Secretariat’s human and financial resources while leading the fulfilment of the NAPPO Executive Committee’s strategic plan and priority goals for North America.
The Secretariat of the IPPC congratulates Dr Bloem on her appointment and looks forward to a continued close working relationship...
Every year, millions of phytosanitary certificates are created, printed, and exchanged between countries as part of the global trade in plant products. These certificates reassure importers that the products have been inspected and found to be free of the kinds of pests that could devastate their local economy by harming agriculture or the environment.
This essential effort is costly in terms of time and resources. That complex, costly and bureaucratic process could now become a t...
The First Expert Consultation on draft Diagnostic Protocols in 2015 is now open on the on IPP for:
• Fusarium moniliformis / moniforme syn. F. circinatum (2006-021)
• Phytophthora ramorum (2004-013)
• Dendroctonus ponderosae syn. Scolytus scolytus (2006-019)
The closing date is 24 April 2015.
The Standards Committee (SC) 2015 May meeting will be held on 4-8 May 2015 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The public provisional agenda can be viewed from this link.
The draft ISPMs that will be presented to the SC at their 2015 May meeting are posted in the SC restricted area through this link. They are available for national plant protection organizations...
Mr. Jingyuan Xia of the People’s Republic of China has been named by FAO Director General Graziano da Silva as the next Secretary of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC). Mr. Xia has a BSc in plant protection, as well as an MSc and PhD in entomology. He has held several senior positions with Chinese agricultural institutions and most recently has been Permanent Representative and Minister Plenipotentiary to FAO. Mr. Xia will be taking over the position of Mr. Yukio Yokoi...