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PRESS RELEASE                                                                           Date: 9th June 2014

Stakeholders to validate biosecurity Emergency Response Plan

Stakeholders will be meeting to validate Seychelles' Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for Pests, Diseases and Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Incursions and Outbreaks in a national workshop that is being held under the auspices of the Ministry of Environment and Energy. This is the first ERP for potentially damaging invasive plants and animals.

The workshop will be held on the 11th and 12th June 2014, starting at 0830 hrs, at the Seychelles Fishing Authority Training Room.

The development of the ERP is required under the Animal and Plant Biosecurity Act, which was recently endorsed by the National Assembly. Its purpose is to provide guidelines describing the management structures for decision making, critical procedures and information flows in the event of an emergency response to eradicate a new invasive alien species. It will be consistent with international and contemporary incident management planning and provide national guidelines for response procedures to pests, diseases and IAS incursions, as well as key roles and responsibilities of governments and stakeholders.

The objective of the workshop is for participants to provide their inputs into the technical, management and operational structure of the plan, including the command and control processes, resources mobilization and deployment.

The ERP has resulted from a previous workshop held earlier this year, on 10th and 11th May, which introduced the emergency response planning process to Seychelles.

The two-day workshop will be facilitated by Fiona Macbeth, a senior Australian Biosecurity Advisor, who will present an overview of the proposed ERP and its application in Seychelles. Participants will actively engage in testing the plan through biosecurity scenario exercises.

Invited participants consist of staff of the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Ministry of Natural Resources, associated government Agencies, environmental NGOs, and representatives of the private sector.

The ERP is being developed under the GOS-UNDP-GEF project Mainstreaming Prevention and Control of Introduction and Spread of Invasive Alien Species, implemented by Project Manager, Lindsay Chong-Seng.

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