International Symposium on Limiting the Spread of Contaminating Pests 2020

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Held in Sydney, Australia from 3-4 March 2020.

The arrival and spread of contaminating pests has many short and long-term consequences. These pests can affect industry, land use and the community.

Such pests are a global issue recognised by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures. They are finalising their recommendations on how to facilitate safe trade by reducing rates of contaminating pests in traded goods.

Aims of the symposium

  • To raise awareness about the global spread of contaminant pests on goods and conveyances. This includes their effect on production and community spaces.
  • To highlight how industry and international governments are limiting the spread of contaminant pests. This includes lessons learnt.
  • To allow industry and government to discuss improved container hygiene and pathway management.
  • To encourage global stewardship for clean trade and collaboration. For stakeholders involved at national, regional and global levels.
  • To explore non-regulatory commercial solutions. These will help prevent contaminant pests spreading and establishing.

Share your ideas

We held facilitated discussions during the symposium. We want you to continue the conversation. To collaborate and find solutions.

Together we can improve biosecurity across the globe.

Share your ideas in the forums. These forums are open to anyone, not just symposium attendees.

Our forums will remain open for ongoing discussion.

Held in Sydney, Australia from 3-4 March 2020.

The arrival and spread of contaminating pests has many short and long-term consequences. These pests can affect industry, land use and the community.

Such pests are a global issue recognised by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures. They are finalising their recommendations on how to facilitate safe trade by reducing rates of contaminating pests in traded goods.

Aims of the symposium

  • To raise awareness about the global spread of contaminant pests on goods and conveyances. This includes their effect on production and community spaces.
  • To highlight how industry and international governments are limiting the spread of contaminant pests. This includes lessons learnt.
  • To allow industry and government to discuss improved container hygiene and pathway management.
  • To encourage global stewardship for clean trade and collaboration. For stakeholders involved at national, regional and global levels.
  • To explore non-regulatory commercial solutions. These will help prevent contaminant pests spreading and establishing.

Share your ideas

We held facilitated discussions during the symposium. We want you to continue the conversation. To collaborate and find solutions.

Together we can improve biosecurity across the globe.

Share your ideas in the forums. These forums are open to anyone, not just symposium attendees.

Our forums will remain open for ongoing discussion.

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This HYS website is a terrific addition to the Symposium that allows this important conversation to continue, view photos of colleagues and read through presentations (individually put up now). Thank you Ian Thompson and CEBO for hosting the Symposium and this website. Australia was lucky enough to host a number of you for presentations and short field trips after the Conference. Hoping you are all safe and making use of video conferencing software during the Covid-19 pandemic to keep in touch.

Jamie Nicholls 3 months ago
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For those who like to capture images of the weird and wonderful, find info here about the IYPH photo competition!http://www.fao.org/plant-health-2020/photo-contest/enter-the-contest/en/

ACEBO 4 months ago
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It was good opportunity to participate at the symposium and learnt this issue. I have come from double locked country and at the same time we have a lot of transit through the Republic of Uzbekistan. It is really urgent issue and information gained during this event will be share with my collegues and hence we will strengthen the border control.

Sultan-Makhmud Sultanov, Uzbekistan 4 months ago
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Thank you all for a great symposium! Interesting talks and discussions. Great organisation - well done.

Valerie Caron CSIRO 4 months ago
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Carol here, only just seeing the email and links. Had a great time at the symposium. Networking and meeting colleagues I'll be working with over the next few months in my new position. Great playing the NPPP game too, which includes many of the contaminating pests highlighted during the symposium. (I think we'll make an instructional video and put online for anyone who missed the tutorial). Cheers Carol

Carol QW 4 months ago
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An eye opening symposium, learnt a lot especially that i come from a land locked country. Lessons learnt will be shared with colleagues back at home and come up with ways of limiting the spread of contaminating pests.

HaveyoursyKay 4 months ago
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Valuable discussion. There are great opportunities to improve how we manage contaminating pests based on lessons learnt. The role of the community and how we let industry deliver the outcomes in an appropriate regulatory environment should be within our key foci.

SMcK 4 months ago
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Do the Detector Dogs have same powers as Biosecurity Officers outside of the country's welfare regulations.

Sanniel 4 months ago
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My name is Elyse Herrald-Woods and I'm the Director of the Environmental Biosecurity Office in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.I'm interested in finding out more about how limiting the spread of contaminating pests, through the facilitation of safe trade, can enable us to achieve better biodiversity outcomes through protecting our native flora and fauna.

ElyseHW 4 months ago
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Great start. Real challenges around where responsibility lies. Andy Sheppard CSIRO

ASheppard 4 months ago
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