Biosecurity training for the Caribbean

25 September 2019

Biosecurity training for the Caribbean
The GB Non-native Species Secretariat is pleased to welcome a group of biosecurity officers from the six UK Overseas Territories in the wider Caribbean region who are participating in a 5-day workshop on biosecurity for plant health import control staff, run by Fera.

The workshop builds on the horizon scanning exercise carried out in 2018 to identify the priority invasive species not yet in each Territory, and pathway action planning to develop mitigation actions to reduce the risk of their arrival. Topics covered include practical entomology, field inspections and biosecurity procedures for border controls.

Despite heavy rain, the group spent a morning with Plant Health and Seed Inspectors at a local plant nursery, learning about import plant health inspections.

The workshop runs from the 23rd to 27th September, and involves participants from Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and Turks & Caicos Islands. One of the main outcomes is the formation of professional networks among the Territories, offered by this opportunity to meet, talk and share concerns and ideas.

Find out more about the OTs Biosecurity Project here.

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