The Technical Working Groups are sub-committees of the CPHD Forum established to address an imminent pest threat or risk to plant health in the Region. Each Technical Working Group is comprised of a Chair, and at least three members, who possess qualifications and experience appropriate to the assignment of the relevant TWG. The Chair and members shall be appointed by the CPHD Forum.

The TWGs shall be responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of specific TWG projects/programmes. The Technical Working Groups are to work collaboratively to safeguard the Caribbean Region from plant pest threats and risks in an effort to minimize the impact of introduction, economic damage, and spread of pests through investigation, research, advice, and information on implementation, control, management and safeguarding measures.

The five (5) Technical Working Groups of the Caribbean Plant Heath Directors Forum are:

The other sub-committees of the Caribbean Plant Heath Directors Forum are:

The establishment of the technical working group (TWG) on Emergency Response Preparedness Plans and Mechanisms for Response was a decision of the Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD) at their first meeting, convened at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat Headquarters in George Town Guyana on April 23-25, 2008. This working group was to be one of five groups established as an initial step in the formation of a regional network regarding plant health.

 
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The establishment of the technical working group (TWG) on the Giant African Snail was a decision of the Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD) at their first meeting, convened at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat Headquarters in George Town Guyana on April 23-25, 2008. This working group was to be one of five such groups established as an initial step in the formation of a regional network regarding plant health. The TWG name was changed from the TWG on Giant African Snail to the TWG on Molluscs, to incorporate all Molluscs of Economic Importance in 2010.

 
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The establishment of the technical working group (TWG) on Tephritid Fruit Flies was a decision of the Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD) at their first meeting, convened at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat Headquarters in George Town Guyana on April 23-25th, 2008. This working group was to be one of five groups established as an initial step in the formation of a regional network regarding plant health.

 
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At the first meeting of the Plant Health Directors’ Meeting held April 23-25, 2008 at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat (CCS) Headquarters, Georgetown, Guyana, it was agreed to form several Technical Working Groups (TWGs). One such group was the Palm Pest Complex Group which held its first meeting in Trinidad, January 12-13, 2009. The TWG on Palm Pests held its second meeting on July 29 2010 at The Gran Courland Hotel, Tobago. The third meeting was held on July 19th 2012 at the Ministry of Food Production, Research Division, Central Experiment Station, Centeno, Trinidad. At the 3rd Caribbean Plant Health Directors’ Meeting held in Guyana, 4-5 March 2009, it was agreed to revise the name from The Palm Pest Complex Group to the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Palm Pests. The TWG on Red Palm Mite was subsequently subsumed into this TWG on Palm Pests.

 
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The establishment of the technical working group (TWG) on Safeguarding was a decision of the Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD) at their first meeting, convened at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat Headquarters in George Town Guyana on April 23-25, 2008. This working group was to be one of five such groups established as an initial step in the formation of a regional network regarding plant health.

 

The web-based 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. The system uses field data and digital media as tools for enhancement of diagnosis of plant disease, insect, weed, invasive species, plant management, physiology, and nutrient problems.

Through interactions on the Internet between field personnel and diagnostician or experts, problems can be quickly communicated and assessed. Specialists around the world can perform diagnosis and identification and provide best management practice recommendations to the users. The archived CPDN database becomes a resource for research, educational programs, and classroom teaching.

The threat of pest and invasive species is real and has the potential to seriously damage our agriculture and food supply. The Web-based diagnostic system can be used as a tool to enhance the capacity for screening, monitoring, mapping pests in time and space, and quickly detecting existing or new high-consequence pests and dangerous plant pathogens.

Information on the Technical Working Group – Communications will be coming soon!