Biosecurity and Trade

Biosecurity is a strategic and integrated approach to analyzing and managing relevant risks to human, animal and plant life and health and associated risks to the environment. Interest in biosecurity has risen considerably over the last decade in parallel with increasing trade in food, plant and animal products, more international travel, new outbreaks of transboundary disease affecting animals, plants and people, heightened awareness of biological diversity and greater attention to the environment and the impact of agriculture on environmental sustainability.

Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTSs) need to position themselves to take advantage of trading opportunities, while protecting their natural resource base from potential risks.
SPC Biosecurity conducts information system training for the Cook Islands
Thursday, 14 April 2016 11:32
SPC PLD Technician with Cooks Entomologist during the trainingThe Pest List Database (PLD) for the Pacific is an information system to record pest occurrences within a country and to provide various reports of both pest occurrences and pest interceptions. The database holds a large amount of pest data for most Pacific Island countries and territories, most of which have been accumulated from surveys done over the years.

The Biosecurity and Trade Support Team (BATS) in SPC’s Land Resource Division plays an important role in the maintenance and distribution of accurate and quality data of pest occurrences in countries. BATS is mandated to provide trainings on the maintenance and updating of the database in the countries and assistance is rendered on validating all occurrences recorded through surveys.

SPC Pest List Database technician, Ms Ana Tunabuna- Buli carried out a week long training in the Cook Islands for several Quarantine officers and Research staff. The training focused on the basic processes of entering records into the database and generating different reports from the database. The training also identified gaps in the maintenance of the database that needed to be addressed.

A follow up visit in February this year was requested to assist their country administrator in entering all pending records and updating the country’s weed list. Whilst the visit was focused on updating Cook Islands’ database, this was also an opportunity to follow up on pest and diseases status and their occurrences on different hosts.

The activity also ensured closer collaboration between SPC and the Cook Islands in the provision of effective and sustainable regional market access and biosecurity services. 

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