International Year of Plant Health 2020
The International Year of Plant Health 2020 aims to raise awareness of the importance and impacts of plant health on global issues such as hunger, poverty, climate change, and economic development.
In December 2018, the United Nations declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health. The Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) are organising the International Year of Plant Health 2020.
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I am life.
I am home to millions.
And I sustain millions more.
My abundance brings prosperity, while my scarcity can be deadly.
I cover much of the earth, and my influence extends far beyond.
I have been around for longer than you can imagine.
But my world is threatened.
People need to take notice.
And do more to secure my future.
Because I am worth protecting.
Your health relies on my health.
Your life relies on mine.
I am plants. I am life.
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Why plant health?
The theme of the International Year of Plant Health 2020 is ‘Protecting Plants, Protecting Life’. Plants support life on Earth - they produce the air we breathe and the food we eat.
The FAO estimates that up to 40% of global food crops are lost to plant pests and diseases, resulting in more than US$220 billion of lost trade each year. Protecting plant health is crucial for eliminating hunger, reducing poverty, protecting our environment, and boosting social and economic development.
Importance of plant health in New Zealand
New Zealand's isolation means we are home to many unique families of plants, and biosecurity is hugely important to our nation’s wellbeing.
We also acknowledge and promote mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge) of plant health. Indigenous insights are vital for guiding plant protection and conservation in New Zealand.
Goals for the International Year of Plant Health 2020
- Raising the awareness of plant health for public and political decision makers at the global, regional, and national levels.
- Promoting and strengthening of national, regional, and global plant health efforts with regards to increasing trade and new pest risks caused by climate change.
- Educating the public and increasing their knowledge about plant health.
- Enhancing dialogue and stakeholder involvement in plant health.
- Increasing the amount of information available about the state of plant protection in the world.
- Facilitating the establishment of national, regional, and global plant health partnerships.
Events are being coordinated by the New Zealand International Year of Plant Health 2020 steering committee led by the government, industry, NGOs, and iwi communities.