Joint biosecurity plan launched
FOREST OWNERS AND THE MINISTRY FOR Primary Industries are joining forces under the GIA (Government Industry Agreement) to improve forest biosecurity preparedness.
The first jointly-funded initiative under the partnership will be a forest biosecurity surveillance programme designed to detect unwanted forest pests and pathogens in highrisk places.
FOA and MPI recently signed the Commercial Plantation Forestry Sector Operational Agreement for Readiness under the GIA.
The agreement establishes a new way of working in partnership between the two organisations and will see a doubling of efforts to improve forest biosecurity readiness, says Andrew Spelman, MPI’s Acting Director, Biosecurity Readiness, adding: “This continuing partnership will build on the considerable contribution the forest industry has made to biosecurity to date and we look forward to collaborating to improve biosecurity processes and outcomes for New Zealand.”
Chair of the FOA and Farm Forestry Association Biosecurity Committee, David Cormack, says: “We’ve worked closely together for a long time but joint-funding is another level and demonstrates the commitment MPI has made to the forest industry.”