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Forest Invasive Species - The next global pandemic?

29 July 2020, 10:00-11:30 hrs CEST


COVID-19 has demonstrated the importance of preparedness and implementation of preventive measures and coordinated international action in the management of transboundary diseases. Outbreaks of forest invasive species (insect pests, pathogens, invasive vertebrates, and invasive plants) are no different and coordinated international action is fundamental to protect the world’s forests.

The FAO Forestry Division assists, advises and supports countries to address the global issue of forest invasive species, it also facilitates the regional forest invasive species networks. This webinar was jointly organized by the FAO Forestry Division, The Secretariat of the International Year of Plant Health 2020, and the four regional active forest Invasive species networks: Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network (APFISN)Forest Invasive Species Network for Europe and Central Asia (REUFIS)Forest Invasive Species Network for Africa (FISNA) , and the Near East Network on Forest Health and Invasive Species (NENFHIS) .

Video recording of the webinar


- Raise regional and global awareness of forest invasive species,
- Increase preparedness for future invasive forest pest and disease outbreaks and related activities of FAO regional forest invasive species networks;
- Contribute to the goals of the International Year of Plant Health 2020 (IYPH) that aims to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development).

Programme and materials

Moderator: Dr. Shiroma Sathyapala, Forestry Division
Guest speaker: Prof. Mike Wingfield, FABI, University of Pretoria
- Tree health in the International Year of Plant Health and what we might learn from the SARS-CoV pandemic
Prof. Ferenc Lakatos, Forest Invasive Species Network for Europe and Central Asia (REUFIS)
- How can community involvement play a role in preventing the spread of invasive species?
Prof. Simon Lawson, Asia-Pacific Forestry Invasive Species Network (APFISN)
- Can surveillance networks enhance preparedness for future pandemics?
Prof. Jianghua Sun, Asia-Pacific Forestry Invasive Species Network (APFISN)
- How do we enhance the resilience of our forests to climate change and pest outbreaks?
Prof. Mohammed Habib Ben Jamaa, Near East Network on Forest Health and Invasive Species (NENFHIS)
- How can we increase national and regional capacity building?
Prof. Brett Hurley, Forestry Invasive Species Network for Africa (FISNA)
- What are environmentally friendly measures to manage invasive species?
Dr. Adriana G. Moreira, IPPC Standard Setting Officer
- What are the current initiatives of IPPC to increase awareness of pest prevention and enhance resilience of forests?
Tiina Vahannen, Chief of Forestry Division - Concluding remarks
- Q & A session
- Polls results
- Flyer & Agenda


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18-20 November 2019

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FISNA and IUFRO meeting biological control of forest insect pest and pathogens

6-8 November 2019
8-11 November 2019 (field trip)

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Invasive beetle threatens forest and fruit trees

The Food Chain Crisis has recently published a flyer on the polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB). The polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) is an ambrosia beetle (Coleoptera: Curculeonidae: Scolytinae) native to Asia, together with its fungal symbiont Fusarium euwallaceae. PHSB attacks agricultural and forestry crops, street and garden trees, as well as several native tree species [read more...]





Now available: "Guide to the classical biological control of insect pests in planted and natural forests".

Thursday 4 April 2019, Brummana - Lebanon, 13:00-13:15 hours, Afrah room 
- 6th Mediterranean Forest Week -

Click here or on the picture to download it



COFO 24 side event: Towards a harmonized global approach for managing Forest Invasive Species
(insect pests, diseases and plants)

Friday 20 July 2018, Ethiopia room (C 285/9), 13:00-15:00 hours

Click here for the concept note & agenda



Inaugural network meeting of the Forest Invasive Species Network for Europe and Central Asia (REUFIS)

Budapest, Hungary, 17/10/2017 - 19/10/2017

In the Inaugural network meeting the Mandate of the network will be discussed and the election of the Secretary and the Executive Committee will take place together with the discussion of the Workplan for 2018 (read more).



lastUpdate  Wednesday, May 26, 2021