Joint biose­cu­rity plan launched

New Zealand Logger - - Forest Talk -

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.”

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