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.
South-west Pacific participates at the 9th Session of the Commission on Measures
Tuesday, 22 April 2014 12:06

The south-west Pacific region was represented at the 9th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) by three contracting parties to the IPPC and members of the Pacific Plant Protection Organisation (PPPO) namely,Tonga, Samoa and Niue.

The PPPO Secretariat delegation comprised its Executive Secretary from SPC Land Resources Division and the PPPO Chairman from Cook Islands. Mr. Peter Thomson (New Zealand), representing the Southwest Pacific region, was elected as the Vice-Chairperson of the CPM Bureau.

The meeting was held in Rome, Italy from 31 March to 4 April 2014. It was of great importance to the South-west Pacific region, in that the island nations are kept informed of the work of the CPM in assisting developing countries' trade and protecting their environments through the development of International Standards on Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) and facilitating national information exchange and reporting obligations of contracting parties.

For more information, contact the PPPO Secretariat or LRD Helpdesk.