The North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) depends on a wide range of stakeholders including regulators, scientists, academics, producers and national industry associations to achieve its mission. Many of these people have not previously been involved in regional or international organizations for plant protection.
NAPPO has a global and a regional mandate.
The global mandate comes from Article IX of the New Revised Text (1997) of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The main activity under this mandate is to cooperate with the IPPC Secretary in achieving the objectives of the Convention and, where appropriate, cooperating with the Secretary and the Commission in developing international standards. The goal of the IPPC is to protect the world's cultivated and natural plant resources from the spread and introduction of plant pests while minimizing interference with the international movement of goods and people.
The regional mandate for NAPPO was formalized by Canada, the United States and Mexico in a Cooperative Agreement signed in 1976 at the Minister/Secretary of Agriculture level.
The NAPPO Constitution and Bylaws confirm that NAPPO is accountable to the Minister/Secretary of Agriculture in NAPPO member countries.
NAPPO Mission and Strategic Goals
As a result of an independent evaluation in 2007-08, NAPPO updated its Mission and Strategic Goals. The current mission is to:
“Provide a forum for public and private sectors in Canada, the United States and Mexico to collaborate in the development of science-based standards intended to protect agricultural, forest and other plant resources against regulated plant pests, while facilitating trade. Participate in related international cooperative efforts.” In order to accomplish this mission, the following Strategic Goals have been established:
- Protecting Plant Resources and the Environment
- Capacity Building
- Communicating Results
- Building partnerships
- An effective Dispute Settlement Mechanism
- Sound Management Practices
- A Stable Funding Base
Provide a forum for public and private sectors in Canada, the United States and Mexico to collaborate in the regional protection of agricultural, forest, other plant resources, and the environment while facilitating trade. Plant protection and trade facilitation are achieved through the development and implementation of science-based standards and related plant protection activities directed towards preventing the introduction and spread of regulated plant pests.