The Plant Health Group of the AIPH Ornamentals Production Committee is therefore active in plant health regulations and information exchange on practices to minimise the spread of pests and diseases (biosecurity).
AIPH is valued by the European Commission as a stakeholder for ornamentals and is invited to stakeholder meetings and consultations. This makes it possible for AIPH to support the position of international floriculture. For example, in the process of implementing a new plant health regime in the European Union, AIPH was consulted several times. AIPH works in cooperation with the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organisation (EPPO) www.eppo.int. Our involvement has resulted in cooperation in introducing a code of conduct on horticulture and invasive alien plants.
AIPH’s role in representing the grower and developing cooperation with key organisations assists the global ornamental horticulture industry through ensuring long term access to sustainable plant material and protecting trade by maintaining high standards of biosecurity.
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).
We seek to minimise the spread of pests, diseases, and weeds, while also maintaining free international trade.
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.
“AIPH’s work in the area of Environment and Plant Health promotes the sustainable and ethical production of ornamental plants.”
George Franke, Group Advisor