During the eleventh session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM 11), held in Rome from 4 to 8 April, a small group of representatives from Australia, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea and the IPPC Secretariat proposed to support an initiative aiming to support the IPPC implementation pilot on pest surveillance.
Three emerging pests, (i) Xylella fastidiosa, (ii) the fruit fly Bactrocera dorsalis species complex and (iii) the invasive ants in Pacific areas, were judged worthy of global concern for their impact on agriculture and trade, and chosen as case studies for this initiative.
The IPPC Secretariat issued a call open to contracting parties, national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) and other scientific organizations wishing to provide capacity development resources on surveillance in general and on the three example pests in particular, and offered the use of its network to facilitate collection of technical resources from institutions and centres of excellence. The first step of this initiative is to collect information and technical resources (manuals, case studies, standard operating procedures, public outreach materials, stakeholder engagement activities and resources, reviews or analyses, projects, diagnostic protocols, mobile applications and technologies).
An Informal Working Group will be held on June 11-12, 2016 in Thailand to discuss the advances of the work undertaken on the three example pests and to envisage further steps.
More information can be found at this link.