Guide to the implementation of phytosanitary standards in forestry

NEW TRAINING COURSE!: Trade in forest commodities and the role of phytosanitary measures

The FAO Forestry Department has produced an interactive training course, in collaboration with the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat, for anyone wishing to learn more about the importance and relevance of phytosanitary measures in the international trade in forest commodities.

The course – Trade in forest commodities and the role of phytosanitary measures – is based on the Guide to implementation of phytosanitary standards in forestry, which provides easy-to-understand information about everything you should know to help protect forests from pests. This free, interactive, self-paced course is presented in simple, clear language with easy navigation.

The course comprises five modules covering everything from the possible threats to forest health associated with international trade to what information is needed to safely import/export forest products.

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With increasing global trade, new threats to forest health emerge due to the increased risk and frequency of trade-driven international pest movement. In the last decade several pests have been introduced into other countries and continents through international trade, and these have contributed to the international recognition of the importance of phytosanitary measures.

FAO, using an integrated approach to deal with forest health problems, has produced the Guide to implementation of phytosanitary standards in forestry that provides easy to understand information about everything you should know to help protect the forests from pests.

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. The IPPC is governed by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) which adopts International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs). These standards are developed and approved through an international consultative process, and are recognized under the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures.

ISPMs provide guidance that is broadly applicable for forest health, monitoring, the safe transfer of germplasm and trade in trees and forest products. FAO has prepared this guide to clarify how these ISPMs apply to forestry. The Guide interprets the standards relevant to international forestry pest risks into the language and framework of forest health, outlining how generic principles, such as pest risk analysis and surveillance, can be applied by forest health agencies and forest managers at all levels. It focuses on the practical application of the standards in the forest sector.

The guide was produced by an international core group of scientists, phytosanitary authorities, forest experts and industry representatives and reviewed by more than 100 specialists from 46 countries.

Strengthening country capacity to implement the guide is currently a strong focus for FAO. The main goals are to widely disseminate the key messages of the guide and to integrate people from forestry and plant protection authorities to improve communication and collaboration.

last updated:  Wednesday, June 26, 2013