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The Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum

A collaboration of National Plant Health Services Regional and International Organizations, Government entities, Universities and Reference Laboratories with the common purpose of safeguarding the plant resources of the greater Caribbean Region (GCR) from the threat of quarantine pest; improving plant health through the control and management of existing pests; and expanding production and trade of agricultural commodities; in order to increase food security, protect the unique environment and enhance the quality of life and economic wellbeing of the people of the countries and territories of the Greater Caribbean Region.

Safeguarding Plant Resources

Safeguard our agriculture and nutrition do NOT bring in undeclared agricultural planting material or soil.

Improving Plant Health

Monitor for signs and symptoms of pest/diseases

Protecting Agriculture

Report any suspected signs and symptoms to your Ministry or Department of Agriculture.

Trinidad, 2016

Plant Health directors from 34 countries and territories in the Caribbean along with delegates from regional and international organisations, government entities and universities gathered in Trinidad for the 9th Caribbean Plant Health Directors Meeting which was held over three days to address issues relating to the health of and threats to flora in the Caribbean. Some of the activities that took place were: Updates on various Capacity Building Initiatives; CPHD Outreach Initiatives; Success Stories and Presentations by each of the Technical Working Groups; .

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Upcoming Events

04Jul, 2016


The CPHD 9th Annual Meeting will be held in Trinidad between July 4th - 7th.


The threat of pest and diseases is real and has the potential to seriously damage our agriculture and food supply. These are some of the priority pests that can affect agriculture and cause a significant economic impact.

Learn about our Technical Working Groups and Sub-Committees

The CPHD comprises of 5 Technical Working Groups and 2 Sub-Committees:

Fruit Fly Technical Working Group

To safeguard the Caribbean from threats and /or the impacts of introduction, economic damage, and spread of tephritid fruit flies through investigation/ research and the provision of advice and training on all matters related to tephritid fruit flies.

Mollusc Technical Working Group

To safeguard the Caribbean from threats and /or the impacts of introduction, economic damage, and spread of plant pests through investigation, research and the provision of advice on all matters related to Molluscs Pest.

Palm Pest Technical Working Group

The general objective of this working group is to safeguard the Caribbean from threats and/or the impacts of introduction, economic damage and spread of pests of palms through scientific investigation/research and the provision of advice on all matters related to pests of palms.

Emergency Preparedness Technical Working Group

To safeguard the Greater Caribbean from threats and/or the impacts from the introduction, establishment, and spread of plant pests by developing an emergency preparedness, response and recovery plan and mechanism for implementation to manage and mitigate pest outbreaks.

Safeguarding Technical Working Group

To assist in providing technical and policy recommendations to the Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD) Forum towards safeguarding the Caribbean economies (and such sectors as agriculture, tourism and the environment) from the impact of introduction, establishment and spread of plant pests.

Communications Technical Working Group

To focus on all publications related to the Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum.

Caribbean Pest Diagnostic Network

Caribbean Pest Diagnostic Network (CPDN) database provides a collaboration and communication tool for plant inspectors, scouts, consultants, extension personnel and diagnosticians to share information on plant pests.

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CPHD Launches new website –

The Caribbean Plant Health Directors launches its new website The site was officially launched at the 8th CPHD Meeting held in Aruba (July 7th – 10th). The website showcases information about the CPHD Forum: Objectives and Organization Structure Members and Partners Technical Working Groups and their Achievements since inception Priority and Emerging Pests and […]

Fruit Fly Monitoring System – More countries come onboard

The Fruit Fly Monitoring System (FFMS) was deployed in May 2014. Incorporated into this deployment was the training of representatives from each of the the participating countries. A two (2) day training workshop was held in Barbados  on May 22nd and May 23rd 2014 and was attended by representatives from the eight (8) countries. The […]

CPHD partners with USDA “Don’t Pack a Pest” Campaign

The Caribbean Plant Health Directors Forum has joined the “Don’t Pack a Pes”t Campaign. “Don’t Pack a Pest” is the result of partnership between the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to improve inter-governmental cooperation in carrying out agricultural safeguarding […]

Dominica takes steps against ‘Red Palm Weevil’

Dominica is putting the necessary practices in place to prevent the spread of a pest known as the ‘Red Palm Weevil’ which is said to be dangerous to coconuts and palms. The Red Palm Weevil, which has not been detected in Dominica, was brought into the Caribbean in 2009 through the Dutch islands of Aruba […]

Informative Brochures on the work of the CPHD

Informative brochures on the Technical Working Groups and some Priority and Emerging Pests being monitored were created and disseminated throughout the Region: Carambola Information Brochure Caribbean Fruit Fly Brochure Fusarium Wilt Tropical Race 4 Brochure Giant African Snail Brochure Technical-Working-Group-Emergency-Response Technical-Working-Group-Fruit-Fly Technical-Working-Group-Molluscs Technical-Working-Group-PalmPests    

CPHD held its 2nd Election of the Executive

The Caribbean Plant Health Directors held its 2nd election of the Executive which comprises of the Chair (Mr. Brian Crichlow), Co-Chair (Mr. Ryan Anselm) and Technical Secretary (Mr. Eric Evelyn). The executives were elected during the CPHD’s 7th annual meeting, which took place in the Cayman Islands during the period July 29 to August 1, […]