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Plant Health Controls

1. Introduction

1.1 Overall educational project objective 

The activity is aimed at providing for a common and unambiguous understanding of EU legislation and its correct and harmonized implementation across the EU. The training will be for officials involved in general planning and policy making as well as for senior field inspectors involved in the practical implementation of the legislation and controls, and also in direct contact with producers, stakeholders, importers.

Furthermore, the training will allow the exchange of information and experience amongst MS and should increase the efficacy of plant health services in: 

− protecting the EU territory against introduction of harmful organisms;

− excluding the risk of harmful organisms spreading with plant and plant products moved within the EU, and

− the detection and eradication of outbreaks of harmful organisms in the EU.

1.2 Overall project objective
The proposed training programme will cover all the topics listed hereunder:

Course 1 (Imports) will cover the procedures and targeting of import inspections across the EU, based upon risk. Effective inspection of both regulated and non-regulated commodities, and implementation of controls in the case of findings in imported consignments, is an essential element in identifying risks associated with particular trades and in preventing introduction and establishment of harmful organisms within the EU.

Course 2 (WPM) will cover the procedures for inspecting WPM associated with both imported consignments and also WPM moving within the EU; the requirements for manufacture, treatment and marking of WPM; and a common understanding of the risks associated with such material.
 
Course 3 (Surveillance and Outbreak Management) will cover procedures and techniques for phytosanitary surveillance in the EU. Effective surveillance is vital for early detection of pests and the prompt implementation of eradication measures in order to prevent their establishment. In cases where there is no detailed EU legislation outlining the requirements for eradication or containment of a specific pest, it is important that a harmonised approach is adopted to ensure that effective measures are taken across the Community. In this sense, it will provide assistance in the proper implementation of EU emergency measures and control directives for outbreak control.
To provide the background to the work they do, all three courses will include an explanation of the international plant health framework and EU legislation, as well as role of the Commission, EFSA, EPPO and NPPOs in the assessment and control of plant health risks.

For each of the 3 courses, a field visit will be arranged to support the learning objectives of that course. For all locations, we have asked for and received the support of the local plant health service that will help identify and facilitate entry to the most appropriate sites, as well as being on hand to demonstrate their work, the procedures they use, and to discuss their experience of specific outbreaks, implementation of measures and lessons learned. 


Field Visit Venues:

Course 1
London Heathrow airport (UK): LHR is the main point of entry in the UK with one of the highest number of interceptions of any BIP in the EU. The airport receives very high numbers of comparatively small consignments, many of which come from Asia, Africa and America. The field visit will be arranged by the local import inspectors and will visit a number of inspection facilities around the airport perimeter. We will run an interactive inspection exercise as part of the field visit, in which participants will have the opportunity to inspect a wide range of both regulated and non-regulated commodities from around the world. One of our tutor team manages all Import Inspection at London airports.

Antwerp seaport (Belgium): In contrast, the port of Antwerp has become one of Europe's largest sea ports, ranking second behind Rotterdam by total freight shipped. In 2012, it received in the region of 200 million tons of cargo annually of which over 50% is containerised. The field visit will be arranged by the local import inspectors and will visit a number of inspection facilities within the port, demonstrating the inspection facilities available and the challenges of identifying and inspecting both bulk and containerised consignments. We will run an interactive inspection exercise as part of the field visit, in which participants will have the opportunity to inspect a wide range of both regulated and non-regulated commodities from around the world.

Course 2
Lisbon seaport and a local WPM manufacturer (Portugal): In the company of the local plant health service, we will visit a local manufacturer of WPM where we will observe the manufacturing process from beginning to end, paying specific attention to how the manufacturer treats and marks the WPM in accordance with the requirements of ISPM. The procedures and frequency of official monitoring of the process will be discussed, including a review of the records required to be kept by the manufacturer. We will also visit Lisbon seaport, where we will met by local import inspectors who will discuss the level of inspection carried out on WPM at the seaport, the types of WPM encountered and the countries of origin of this material. We will have group discussions about the practicalities of inspection, and a risk-based approach to selection of WPM from high-risk origins.

Course 3a
Naples (Italy): The field visit will include a visit to a recent large outbreak of Aromia bungii in orchards of apricot, peach and plum in Naples. During the visit we will illustrate and discuss pest detection (trapping, visual inspection etc.), general surveillance and specific survey work to establish pest incidence. There will also be detailed evaluation of eradication and containment measures taken by the local plant health authorities. The group will be accompanied by local plant health inspectors and one of the tutor team is an inspector from this region.

Warsaw (Poland): The field visit will be to an outbreak site of ring rot on seed potatoes to see the eradication and containment measures being taken by the local plant health service, together with the necessary investigations (e.g. trace back) to minimise the risk of spread. In addition there will be a visit a visit to a major potato processor that handles “probably contaminated” potatoes, to examine their procedures and disposal facilities. The field visit will be accompanied by local plant health inspectors and one of our tutor team is from the Polish Main Inspectorate of Plant Health and Seed Inspection

Course 3b
Vienna (Austria): In cooperation with the Austrian plant health authorities (AGES) and the Institute of Forest Protection, we will arrange a field visit to an Anoplophora glabripennis outbreak to see pest detection (trapping, visual inspection etc.), general surveillance and specific survey work to establish pest incidence. This will include the use of tree climbers as well as ground monitoring and detection dogs. There will also be detailed evaluation of eradication and containment measures being taken. There will also be a visit to a nursery producing trees that are hosts of A. glabripennis and A. chinensis to discuss measures to prevent measures to prevent spread on plants for planting. One of our tutor team is the Head of Department for Forest Entomology at the Austrian Institute of Forest Protection.

Treviso (Italy): In agreement with the Director of the plant protection organisation in the Veneto Regione, and assisted by his staff, we will arrange a field visit to a large Anoplophora glabripennis outbreak in the Treviso area, to see pest detection (visual inspection etc.), general surveillance and specific survey work to establish pest incidence. There will also be detailed evaluation of eradication and containment measures being taken by the local authorities. There will also be a visit to a nursery producing trees that are hosts of A. glabripennis and A. chinensis to discuss measures to prevent measures to prevent spread on plants for planting. 


2. Calendar

Training Course

 Location

 Dates

1 Surveillance & Outbreak Management (Forestry and Environment) 

 Vienna

 22-26 Jun 2015

2 Imports

 Brussels/Antwerp

 15-17 Sep 2015

3 Surveillance & Outbreak Management (Agriculture & Horticulture)

 Warsaw

 28 Sep–02 Oct 2015

4 WPM

 Lisbon

 16-19 Nov 2015

5 Imports

 London

 08-10 Dec 2015

6 Imports

 London

 16-18 Feb 2016

7 Surveillance & Outbreak Management (Forestry and Environment)

 Venice/Treviso

 07-11 Mar 2016

8 WPM

 Lisbon

 11-16 Apr 2016

9 Surveillance & Outbreak Management (Forestry and Environment)

 Venice/Treviso

 25-29 Apr 2016

10 Imports

 Brussels/Antwerp

 17-19 May 2016

11 Surveillance & Outbreak Management (Agriculture & Horticulture)

 Naples

 06-09 Jun 2016

12 Surveillance & Outbreak Management (Forestry and Environment)

 Vienna

 20-24 Jun 2016

13 Surveillance & Outbreak Management (Agriculture & Horticulture)

 Naples

 12-16 Sep 2016

14 Surveillance & Outbreak Management (Agriculture & Horticulture)

 Warsaw

 03-07 Oct 2016



3. Training Locations

3.1 Lisbon
In Lisbon we have selected Novotel Lisbon for the for the accommodation, meals and training venue. The hotel is located in the city of Lisbon, just 10 minutes’ walk from Lisbon’s historical city center. Totally renovated, it is ideal for business meetings, offering 10 spacious meeting rooms. The Novotel Lisbon hotel also has a swimming pool, fitness center, restaurant, bar and garage. All rooms are modern, spacious and equipped with: shower, WC, hairdryer, telephone, cable TV, mini bar, Wi-Fi connection.
The conference room selected is a first-class, fully air-conditioned event room, featuring modern conference technology, including projector, laptop (connected to Internet), flipchart, whiteboard, laser pointer and free WLAN for the participants.

 3.2 Naples
In Naples, we have selected the NH Hotel Ambassador. It is a nice hotel located the historic center of Naples. All rooms are modern, fully equipped and with a fabulous view.
It has 6 conference rooms with natural daylight, fully air-conditioned and equipped (projector, laptop (connected to Internet), flipchart, whiteboard, laser pointer and free WLAN for the participants.

 3.3 Brussels
In Brussels, we have selected the Penta Hotel Louise. The hotel is located next door to the fashion street “Avenue Louise” and walking distance from the wonderful Grand Place and European Institutions of Brussels.
The hotel offers a conference center with 9 conference rooms with natural daylight and modern equipment: Flipchart , Overhead projector , Syndicate rooms , Videoconferencing , Video equipment, Air-conditioning..
It offers 202 generous rooms with a relaxed, stylish ambience designed by Matteo Thun. They have individual heating & air conditioning unit, direct dial phone with speaker function, High Speed Internet Access, Flat 26inch LCD TV, Complimentary Coffee & Tea, Welcome tray, hair dryer and elaborated toiletries.

 3.4 Vienna
In Vienna we have selected the Penta Hotel Margaret. The pentahotel Vienna is in the heart of the city’s Margareten district, near the famous Naschmarkt market. The hotel is very central and very convenient.
It has two big fully equipped meeting rooms: Overhead projector, digital projector, laser pointer, Screen, flip chart, flip chart paper, Pin boards, paper, Writing pads, pencils, DVD player, CD player, VHS recorder + television, video camera, Microphone system, television, Telephone, fax machine, printer, Film projector, video camera, tape recorder, dictating device…
All our rooms boast a stylish design and excellent entertainment options, with the latest 32-inch flat-screen TVs showing channels including Sky TV and Sky Bundesliga.

3.5 Warsaw
In Warsaw we have selected the Mercure Hotel centrum. The Mercure Warsaw Centrum is located in the city center, right next to the Golden Terraces, the largest shopping center in Warsaw. The hotel has 338 rooms modern and fully equipped: WIFI, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a safe, a telephone, satellite TV, a minibar, a trouser press and a hairdryer.
The conference area is around 500 m² and has wireless Internet access and equipped with a multimedia projector, a screen, a flipchart and sound system. The are smaller meeting rooms, situated on the first floor than can be used for the case studies sessions.

3.6 Treviso
In Treviso we have selected the Best Western Premier BHR. Is a modern architectural structure located close to the centre of the town and just two kilometres from the Treviso airport. The structure includes 133 rooms, a congress centre able to host more than 1,000 people. Hotel offers the latest generation of congress centre and highly qualified.
The congress area, located on the first floor and covering more than 1,000 square metres, consists of 13 modular rooms with natural light that can hold up over 1,000 people. The rooms, fitted with the most modern audio and video technology, are all interconnected in video conference by the production room. Rooms cover more than 30 square metres and are furnished with o with one king-size bed. At guests' disposal rooms with parquet based on green shades and rooms with soft English wool carpet based on red shades.

3.7 London
In London we have selected the Comfort Hotel Heathrow. The hotel has a contemporary style and a welcoming atmosphere. All 184 guestrooms at the hotel are stylishly appointed with excellent guest facilities such as an en-suite bathroom, satellite television and a hospitality tray.
The hotel offers excellent conferencing facilities with air-conditioning and ample natural light with the latest audio-visual equipment.


 

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Training course on Surveillance & Outbreak management (Agriculture & Hortuculture) 2015-2016 from 06/06/2016 until 10/06/2016 in Naples
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Training course on Surveillance & Outbreak Management (Forestry and Environment) 2015-2016 from 20/06/2016 until 24/06/2016 in Vienna
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