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Application of the International Standards of Phytosanitary Measures


Application of the International Standards of Phytosanitary Measures
For the purpose of supporting the implementation of the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs), the FAO Regional Office for the Near East in collaboration with the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the Ministry of Environment and Water in UAE (MoEW) organized training workshop on the Application of the Phytosanitary Measures related to the international trade.

The workshop was held at the Dubai Flower Centre during 3-7 February 2013. The workshop contributed to the better understanding of requirements and practical application of international standards related to international trade. Around 20 participants attending the workshop were drawn from several relevant authorities in the various Emirates.

The workshop included lectures/presentations on the IPPC provisions, early warning in context of phytosanitary control, surveillance, import regulation, Pest Risk Analysis (PRA), diagnostic protocols and the regulation of wood packaging material in international (ISPM15). Group sessions activities were based on case studies all dealing with import regulation and designed to cover a range of situations including procedures for inspection as a phytosanitary measure, decisions taken regarding incidences of regulated pests and non regulated pests accompanying consignments, application of national regulation and consistency with the IPPC, as well as cooperation between National Plant Protection Organization and Customs at the borders. A tour as well took place in the centre to see import, re export and quarantine facilities and operations.

As well a demonstration of the early warning measures was carried out with Mc Phail traps for early detection of fruit fly Bactrocera invadens which not recorded in the region, but embodies an imminent threat to the region.