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National Node of the BCH
Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
319
Status
Published
Date of creation
2003-04-04 12:13 UTC (dubravka.stepic@biodiv.org)
Date of last update
2010-01-11 12:00 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2010-01-11 12:00 UTC (intern.ross.carroll@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
Australian involvement in APEC Activities
Contact person
Ms. Carolyn Irving
Environment Australia
Environment Strategies Section
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent
Canberra ACT 2600, Australia
Phone:61-2-6261-3663
Fax:61-2-6261-2594
Email:carolyn.irving@dfat.gov.au
Url:http://www.dfat.gov.au/environment/bsp/
Beneficiary country(ies)
  • Australia
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
  • CBD Regional Groups - Asia and the Pacific
Type of initiative
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Target group: APEC member countries.
Start Date
2003-01-01
Ending date
2003-12-31
Donor(s) information
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative (Additional Information)
  • Organization: Various Australian Agencies
  • Type of Organization: Bilateral Donor Agency
Budget information
AusAID (APEC Support Fund)
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS)
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry-Australia
Availability of funds for participants
Yes
Activity details
Description of the initiative
 Australia has supported several regional and sub-regional initiatives in capacity-building in risk analysis with financial support from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry-Australia, including AQIS, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and AusAID through its APEC Support Fund. Some recent initiatives include those outlined above namley: 1) Electronic Data Interchange pilot project on electronic health certificate; 2) Quarantine administrative training program in China; 3) Participation, as a new member (AFFA/AQIS) of the Network of Agriculture Centres in Asia-Pacific (NACA, in the development of technical guidelines on quarantine and health certification and the establishment of information systems for the responsible movement of live aquatic animals in Asia. This document will include chapters on import risk analysis, disease zoning, health certification and quarantine;. 4) Establishment of area freedom status for quarantine pests in Philippines; 5) Quarantine technical assistance to Thailand; 6) Training in import or quarantine risk analysis for China, Indonesia, Malaysia, PNG, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and workshops on sanitary and phytosanitary risk analysis April 1999 (by AQIS/Office of Animal and Plant Health); 7) Preparation of a project proposal for funding from AusAID to conduct a survey for mango pulp weevil in Guimaras Island in the Philippines in February-April 1999 (by AQIS/Office of Animal and Plant Health); 8) Specialist training course on detection techniques using molecular biology held in Indonesia. The course was organised by the Crawford Foundation and supported by AusAID, AQIS and the governments of participating countries.

National level activities
Development of national biosafety frameworks
Human-resources development
Information exchange & data management
Institutional strengthening
Risk assessment
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
Goals
To help APEC countries to monitor, record and report disease and pest risks
To provide technical quarantine assistance, including training and development of technical guidelines on quarantine and health certification.
To support establishment of information systems and data exchange

Objectives
To help APEC countries to develop their domestic quarantine processes and meet their international obligations.

Main outcomes
1) A document on technical guidelines on quarantine and health certification, and on the establishment of information systems, for the responsible movement of live aquatic animals in Asia was developed.    It includes chapters on: import risk analysis, disease zoning, health certification and quarantine.
General thematic area(s)
  • Human resources capacity development and training
  • Risk assessment and other scientific and technical expertise
  • Scientific, technical and institutional collaboration at subregional, regional and international levels
  • Technology transfer
  • Information exchange and data management including participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House