#IYPH2020; #HealthyPlants; #CombatingPests; #SDGs; #UnitedNations
Ottawa, Jan 16 (Canadian-Media): Canada's participation in the United Nation’s International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020, is a reminder to us that food security and the wellbeing of all Canadians depend on healthy plants provide us with 80 percent of the food we eat and 98 percent of the oxygen we breathe, media reports said.
International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020. Image credit: FAO
“Plants provide the core basis for life on Earth and they are the single most important pillar of human nutrition. But healthy plants are not something that we can take for granted,” said FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu who launched the Year on the sidelines of the UN agency’s Council meeting.
Invasive species and other plant pests which damage our crops, ecosystems, forests and natural habitats, are detrimental to human health.
A unique opportunity is being offered to the Canadians to to take a more active role to make a commitment to promote and preserve plant health for generations to come by bringing awareness how to identify and report invasive pests.
The Government of Canada's partnership with domestic and international partners to build awareness about the International Year of Plant Health and helping to protect Canada’s plant resources is already in progress.
The International Year of Plant Health has four main themes: helping to end hunger, reducing poverty, protecting the environment and boosting economic development.
Over $23.8 billion per year in exports is generated by Canadian crop industries, and the contribution of forest industry to the Canadian economy is $24.6 billion.
Policies and actions to promote plant health are fundamental for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) -- a collection of 17 global goals that act as a road map for helping to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by the year 2030 -- in particular those aimed at reducing poverty, hunger and threats to the environment.
“On this International Year and throughout this Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, let us dedicate the necessary resources and increase our commitment to plant health. Let us act for people and planet,” said António Guterres, UN Secretary-General in a message read out at the event.
Canadians should report pests to the CFIA through inspection.gc.ca/pests or on social media @InspectionCan; getting involved with the #PlantHealth and #IYPH2020 conversations on social media to raise awareness about plant protection; and visiting science.gc.ca for more details and activities.