Plants and plant products are an essential economic, environmental and social asset in European Union: cereals, fruit and vegetables make a vital contribution to our food supply and to our rural economy and other plant species are essential parts of the biodiversity of the countryside providing important ecosystem resources
The threats to plant biosecurity have increased with the globalization in trade and travel which has resulted in increased volume and diversity of plants and plant products entering the European Union. Climate change effects, may also increase the risk of pest establishment, spread and impact, and may influence the conditions under which previously benign pests are able to develop and cause damaging impacts in a complex situation.
The purpose of the training will be to increase the knowledge of the participants from Member States and the common understanding of the best practices of surveillance to allow efficient, effective and early pest detection supported by the administrative and financial resources EC are making available.
The survey programs shall be implemented under the sole responsibility of the competent authorities of the Member States. Each Member State therefore has an important role to play in ensuring that these objectives are achieved from 2018 to 2020 the program will offer one course in four different locations:
Agri Consulting Europe www.agriconsultingeurope.be/
The selection criteria to participate in the course are: