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Phytosanitary issues

FAO has developed a tool to help foresters deal with increasing threats posed by pest movement in expanded international trade coupled with local climatic change that may increase the potential for establishment of pests in new areas. The Guide to Implementation of Phytosanitary Standards in Forestry, prepared by a mutlistakeholder process, provides clear and concise guidance on forest health practices that will help to minimize pest presence and spread. Strengthening country capacity to implement the guide is a strong focus and an ongoing activity.

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is an international treaty to secure action to prevent the spread and introduction of pests of plants and plant products, and to promote appropriate measures for their control. As of January 2019, 183 countries are contracting parties to the Convention. It is governed by the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (ICPM), which adopts International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) in order to reduce phytosanitary risks. All standards are applicable to forestry. Those aimed at regulating pathways associated with the introduction and spread of forest pests and pathogens include ISPM 15 (wood packaging materials), ISPM 36 (plants for planting), ISPM 38 (seeds), ISPM 39 (wood) and ISPM 40 (growing media) and ISPM 41 (used vehicles, machinery and equipment).

last updated:  Friday, June 7, 2019