#dyk that 2020 is the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).
It was orginally an initiative set up in 2015 at the 10th Session of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures, Finland. But in 2018 the United Nations General Assembly moved to adopt it.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development.
What am I doing to help support #PlantHealth?
- Promoting environmentally friendly products and practices for preventing and managing pests.
- Make trading and transporting plants and plant products safer by complying with international plant health standards and legislation. That's my Plant Passport BTW!
But the question is, what can we do to support #PlantHealth? Here's what IYPH outline as just some of the ways you can help...
- Be careful when taking plants and plant products with you when you travel - this can spread pests.
- Be cautious when ordering plants and plant products online or through postal services. Ensurethey are fully compliant with legislation.
- Spread the word about #PlantHealth on social media.
- Take daily actions to reduce your environmental footprint and actively engage in initiatives to protect and manage natural resources.
I've already had one follower get in touch to say that this year in support of #IYPH they're gifting plants for every occasion. Birthday, weddings, bar mitzvahs... what a great idea!
Do you have any ideas on how you could support #PlantHealth and get involved with the International Year of Plant Health?