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.
PPPO hosts technical consultation of regional plant protection organisations
Thursday, 30 August 2012 17:02

The Pacific Plant Protection Organisation (PPPO), for whom SPC Land Resources Division’s Biosecurity and Trade Facilitation team provides the Secretariat, this week hosted the 24th session of the Technical Consultation among Regional Plant Protection Organisations (RPPOs).  RPPOs represented at the Technical Consultation include North America, Asia, Central America, South America, and the Pacific are reviewing international standards on phytosanitary measures.

The consultation is being held at the Tanoa International Hotel from 27 to 31 August.  The consultation is an annual activity by the peak global body on protecting plant resources from pests, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) based in the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.  IPPC is an international plant health agreement that aims to protect cultivated and wild plants by preventing the introduction and spread of pests. International travel and trade are greater than ever before, and as people and commodities move around the world, organisms that present risks to plants travel with them.

Acting Director of SPC Land Resources Division (LRD) Mr Inoke Ratukalou welcomed the delegates, noting the critical role of RPPO in bringing science to bear on agricultural trade issues. He said RPPOs’ work in protecting sustainable agriculture and enhancing global food security through preventing the spread of pests is in line with LRD’s objective on sustainable management of land resources.

IPPC Secretariat Ms Ana Maria Peralta thanked PPPO for hosting the technical consultation in Fiji and the support of SPC to PPPO activities. She noted the pristine Pacific environment and the need to protect it from harmful pests that could impact on biodiversity and food security.

IPPC is a critical instrument for promoting joint action, international cooperation and leadership in the plant protection area. It will become increasingly important in the years ahead as the primary international framework for addressing the challenges posed by globalisation and the transboundary movement of injurious plants.

Delegates were guests of the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji on the last day of the meeting, when they accompanied the biosecurity officers travelling to resorts in the Yasawa group of islands on fruit fly management work. The trip to the outer islands gave the delegates an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific.


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