Environment and Plant Health

  • Committee for Environment and Plant Health

    Chairman: Mr. Gery Heungens (AVBS, Belgium)
    Secretary: Mr. George Franke (VBN, The Netherlands)

    Through the Committee for Environment and Plant Health we promote the most sustainable, ethical and advanced practices in ornamental plant production. We offer a platform to share environmental initiatives as well as member information and opinions.

    Member countries regularly present an overview of the environmental challenges, policies and initiatives in their countries. The Committee tackles the most relevant regulations concerning all the members.

    Recent topics have included:

    • Certification schemes for the promotion of best environmental and social practice within the ornamental horticultural businesses. We seek to promote sustainability but avoid standards that unnecessarily harm competitiveness, profitability and viability. AIPH is also a member of the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI).
    • Plant health agreements and practice to minimise the spread of pests, diseases and weeds, while also maintaining free international trade.
    • The Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of wild flora and fauna (CITES), also known as the Washington Convention. It is crucial for ornamental producing countries that the production and trade of cultivated crops is not impeded by damaging regulations. Many cultivated varieties of ornamentals sit within the lists of CITES with plant varieties for which trading is prohibited. It is in the interest of ornamental producing countries, and our members within, that this list is reduced.
    • Other topics include: genetic engineering, pesticides, convention of biodiversity, invasive species, growing media, water, waste and packaging.