The Caribbean Pest Diagnostic Network (CPDN) is a Sub-Technical Working Group of the Safeguarding TWG and is a major component of the Caribbean Invasive Species Surveillance and Information Project (CISSIP), which operationalizes the Caribbean Regional Invasive Species Intervention Strategy (CRISIS), an output of the Caribbean Invasive Species Working Group (CISWG).

The CPDN is a network and an internet based Lab Information Management System (LIMS), which facilitates the digital upload of samples obtained in the field for rapid diagnosis and pest identification.  Diagnoses are made online through interactions between extension officers and plant protection experts, and the problems presented are quickly assessed and the results/solutions communicated.



General Objective

The objective of the CPDN is to provide a coordinated Regional safeguarding mechanism, which will protect the Region from invasive pests, and help Member States meet international sanitary and phyto sanitary reporting requirements.




Supporting Organizations

  • Center for Agricultural Biosciences International (CABI International)
  • Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI)
  • CARICOM Secretariat
  • Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA)
  • United States Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA/APHIS)
  • University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services (UF IFAS)


Tabletop Simulation Exercise Tomato Leafminer (Tuta Absoluta) – Dec 2019

Under the Greater Caribbean Safeguarding Initiative (GCSI) Cooperative Agreement for 2019, The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) was awarded a project which sought to strengthen safeguarding systems in the Caribbean, so as to prevent the entry and spread of plant pests. Specifically, the project aimed at conducting capacity building actions in the areas […]

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