EMPHASIS's overall goal is to provide integrated response measures (practical solutions) to Predict, Prevent and Protect European agricultural and forestry sectors and natural ecosystems from native and alien pest threats.
The effectiveness of these solutions will be assessed, validated and Promoted through co-innovative research and demonstration (large-scale field trials, workshops for inspection services for the uptake of diagnostic tools etc.) in line with end users' needs and capacities.
Specific objectives include:
Predict, Prioritise and Plan.
To evaluate pest management challenges and opportunities according to stakeholders' criteria and through pathway analysis.
To provide practical solutions for surveillance in different pathways and monitoring tools to enhance early preparedness.
To develop improved practical solutions and novel integrated response measures for effective control and containment of native and alien pests threats (insect pests, pathogens, weeds) in field crops, protected crops, forestry, orchards and amenity plants, and to assess and demonstrate their technical and economic feasibility while ensuring their market uptake.
To actively disseminate the practical solutions developed by the project, while ensuring that confidential results are not disclosed and to engage with the community at large to maximize project impact and raise visibility of the global importance of plant health and resilience for sustainable agriculture, food security and environmental protection.
To review and assess the work carried out, as well as the outcomes of project activities - against a set of pre-determined indicators so as to steer final project outputs.
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Workshop for inspectors on tools available for inspections - 13/15 December 2017 - York (UK)
The Workshop will tackle some of the main inspection challenges faced by EPPO member countries, among which is early detection of outbreaks and of infected consignments, as well as the difficulty of inspection of wooden packaging material to ensure compliance with ISPM15.
"EPPO Workshop on integrated management of insect pests in oilseed rape"
Berlin - 20/22 September 2017
At the EPPO Workshop on insecticide resistance of Meligethes spp. (pollen beetle) on oilseed rape (Berlin, 2007), it was recommended that follow-up should be planned to include other oilseed rape pests.