Thirtieth Session of the Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission - Rotorua, New Zealand, 20-24 November 2017

The thirtieth session of the Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission (APPPC) was held in Rotorua, New Zealand from 20-24 November 2017. Seventy-nine delegates from 20 contracting Governments, namely, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Tonga attended the meeting. Delegates from Japan attended as observers. There were also five invited speakers for scientific sessions and six observers from FAO-RAP, FAO Asian IPM/Pesticide Risk Reduction Programme and the Secretariat of the Rotterdam Convention.

The Progress Report of the Standing Committee on IPM delivered by the Chair from Nepal, highlighted efforts that have strengthened regional and in-country information sharing and capacity building during the current 2016-17 biennium. Two regional IPM workshops were implemented with seed funding from APPPC: (1) Regional Training Workshop on Bactrocera Fruit Fly Management (Tien Giang, Vietnam, 20-25 June 2016); and (2) Regional Workshop Empowering Farmers through FFS-IPM Training in Support of Sustainable Intensification of Crop Production Intensification (Kathmandu, Nepal, 27 February to 2 March 2017). During the current biennium, with FAO Regular Programme budget and Trust Funds, several regional projects were also implemented such as: GCP/RAS/229/SWE on Pesticide Risk Reduction in Southeast Asia; TCP/RAS/3607 on Emergency Assistance to Strengthen Regional Response in the Management of Yellow-spined Bamboo Locust (Ceracris kiangsu) in China, Lao PDR and Vietnam; TCP/INS/3403 on Strengthening and Revitalization of IPM Implementation and Pesticide Management System in Indonesia; and the Regional Rice Initiative with pilot activities on sustainable rice intensification in Indonesia, Lao PDR and Philippines.

The work plans for the next biennium 2018-2019, to be funded with seed money from APPPC (US$90,000) will include: (1) Workshop on Management of Bactrocera Fruit Fly in Mango Production to be organized in 2018 with Thailand as lead country and China, India and Myanmar to provide technical resource persons; (2)Workshop on New Emerging Pests and Their Eco-friendly Management to be held in 2019 with Nepal as host/lead country and with Malaysia and Thailand to provide technical support; and (3) Workshop on Management of Insect Pests and Diseases in Palm Plants to be held in 2019 with Malaysia as host/lead country and Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand to provide technical resource persons.