The Plant Protection Service of FAO addresses international aspects of plant protection and closely cooperates with regional and national plant protection organizations and programmes. The programme addresses plant quarantine in the Secretariat to the International Plant Protection Convention, setting standards, exchanging information and fostering cooperation. Concerning pesticide management, the programme promotes the implementation of the International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides; it implements with UNEP the PIC procedure on banned and severely restricted pesticides and, with WHO, makes recommendations for maximum residue levels.
On Pest Management, the Service supports the establishment of Integrated Pest Management Programmes. including the application of Biological Control and weed management.
The Plant Protection programme provides regular updates on the desert locust situation through the Desert Locust Information Service. A forum for countries to discuss and take action on locust management is provided through the Desert Locust Control Committee and several Sub-regional Commissions. The programme also technically supports and coordinates migratory pest control operations, where so required.
Through the EMPRES programme, the Service assists in early warning, early reaction and research on pests of a transboundary nature. Initial emphasis is on migratory pests, in particular the strengthening and support of the Desert Locust Management System. A cooperative programme has been developed in the Central Region and is being extended to West Africa.
Plant Protection Officers in the regions provide regional, sub-regional and national dimensions to the Programme.
Plant Protection posts exist in the Regional Offices in Africa (Ghana), Asia and the Pacific (Thailand), Latin America (Chile), and the Near East (Cairo), and in the sub-regional office in Tunis, Barbados and Western Samoa. A Locust Officer is posted in Algeria.
Niek Van der Graaff
Chief, Plant Protection Service