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The role of the Regional Plant Protection Organizations (RPPOs) in achieving the objectives of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)

Stephanie Bloem: North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO)

<div>The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is a multilateral treaty deposited with the Dir. General of the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Italy. The purpose of the IPPC is international cooperation in controlling the introduction and spread of pests of plants and plant products and promoting appropriate measures for their control. The IPPC is administered by the Commission of Phytosanitary Measures (CPM) (currently 183 countries) in cooperation with regional and national plant protection organizations (RPPOs and NPPOs). The CPM meets once per year to discuss the state of plant protection in the world and to review and adopt international plant health standards. To date, 41 international plant health standards have been adopted by CPM.</p> <p>Regional plant protection organizations are named in Article IX of the IPPC; Art. IX.4 indicates that RPPOs should promote the development and use of international plant health standards and encourage inter-regional cooperation in controlling pests and preventing their introduction and spread. Currently, there are ten RPPOs; they get together once a year in a Technical Consultation where they discuss ways to cooperate in achieving the objectives of the Convention. Activities such as workshops on implementation of one of the international plant health standards, development of awareness materials about plant health and the exchange of emerging pest information are ways in which the RPPOs meet their objectives under the IPPC.</p> <p>This presentation will provide examples of activities and products developed by the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO), the RPPO that represents Canada, the United States and Mexico, and how they have positively impacted adoption of international plant health standards and adherence to the Convention and its principles.</div>

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