Early Warning Systems

Description

Effective planning for plant pest and disease incursions is founded on:

  • Monitoring and Surveillance to provide early warning of the arrival of new pests and or diseases;

  • Diagnostics tools and expertise to clearly identify the pest;

  • Information systems that define the pest status of the country;

  • Reporting tools to ensure knowledge of new incursions is acted on quickly

  • A fundamental element of an early warning and information system is risk assessment. The assessment of the risks connected to the actual or potential introduction of an alien species is a necessary step that builds on the information collected.