The Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention assists FAO Members in strengthening their national plant quarantine services by helping to train personnel in phytosanitary procedures, improve diagnostic and pest management strategies, and increase access to information on economically important plant pests. Other projects work on such problems as improving plant health and emergency response to pest outbreaks.
Technical assistance is also provided to help update existing plant quarantine legislation in harmony with the WTO Agreements on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures and Technical Barriers to Trade. Projects are currently underway in the Pacific and Southern African Development Community (SADC) regions, Cameroon, Cyprus, Ghana and India. Others are in preparation for implementation in Algeria, Eastern Africa, the Maldives and Tunisia. Assistance is also being given to the Seychelles and Pakistan in the settlement of a trade dispute on copra.