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International experts meet to protect plants from harmful pests in the Near East and North Africa

©FAO/ Experts meeting in Oman to protect plants from harmful pests in the Near East and North Africa

17 September 2018, Muscat - Every year, global crop yields are reduced by 20 to 40 percent because of damage from plant pests and diseases. International experts from the Near East and North Africa and the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) will unite forces to help address this problem during a workshop in Muscat from 17 to 20 September 2018.

The workshop is jointly organized by the IPPC Secretariat, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa, the Near East Plant Protection Organization (NEPPO) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of Oman.

The experts will discuss how to stop exotic or invasive plant pests and diseases from entering and establishing themselves in the region. This is especially important given the large volume of international trade in agricultural products. They will also look at ways to increase phytosanitary capacity, prepare regional positions on new proposed international standards for phytosanitary measures, and share best practices in plant health. There will be a special session on stopping the spread of the Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) through early detection and good management practices.

The event is one of seven IPPC annual regional workshops hosted around the world in 2018 under the theme "Plant Health and Environmental Protection".

"This event aims to raise awareness on the importance of plant health in protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity. We call upon the IPPC community to work together with other conventions and partners to maximize the impact of our standards," said Mr. Jingyuan Xia, IPPC Secretary at FAO headquarters in Rome.

Thaer Yaseen, FAO Regional Crop Protection Officer, added that the workshop is an important annual forum where regional representatives of contracting parties to the IPPC can share their views and regional positions on the new International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPMs). These standards aim at enforcing globally harmonized and agreed-upon measures to facilitate international trade while safeguarding the wealth of national plant resources. They also aim at boosting regional efforts to monitor and respond to emerging plant health threats.

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The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)

The International Plant Protection Convention is an international treaty established in 1952 that is overseen by the FAO. Its mission is to protect the world's plant resources by preventing the introduction and spread of harmful pests. https://www.ippc.int/en/ 


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