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.
Pitcairn Island: Review of Biosecurity Operations
Tuesday, 02 March 2010 09:56

The Biosecurity operations for Pitcairn Islands was established in 2006 with the assistance of SPC. In March 2010 the technical assistance was reviewed.

The review was carried out to assess how well the new bioseciurity system in place was operating and to plan strategies to address any problems encountered. The objective is to maintain Pitcairn Islands pest free status to prevent new pest incursions. .

Biosecurity operations reviewed include seaport border control activities, surveillance and early detection particularly for fruit flies, official documentations, pest identification referral system, and biosecurity equipment.

During the visit the SPC team reviewed market access procedures for the export of fruits and vegetables to the Gambier Islands in French Polynesia. Representatives of the two countries had discussions to finalize technical details on market  access. It is necessary to update the pest surveys.

SPC will continue to provide technical advice to Pitcairn Islands in trade facilitation.