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European Plant Protection Organization

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The European Plant Protection Organization (EPPO) is an intergovernmental organisation responsible for international cooperation in plant protection in the European and Mediterranean region. In the sense of the article IX of the FAO International Plant Protection Convention, it is the regional plant protection organisation for Europe. Founded in 1951 with 15 member governments, it now has 50 member governments including nearly every country of Western and Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean region.

The EPPO’s aims are: 1) To protect plant health in agriculture, forestry and the uncultivated environment; 2) To develop an international strategy against the introduction and spread of pests (including invasive alien plants) that damage cultivated and wild plants, in natural and agricultural ecosystems; 3) To encourage harmonization of phytosanitary regulations and all other areas of official plant protection action; 4) To promote the use of modern, safe, and effective pest control methods; 5) To provide a documentation service on plant protection.

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