The Scottish Government held a Plant Health Workshop on 18 March 2014. The event was opened by Paul Wheelhouse, MSP, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, who gave the opening address and also announced the development of a Scottish Plant Health Strategy.
The main objective of the event was to update and engage with Scottish stakeholders on recent plant health developments, present findings from Scottish Government funded plant health research and facilitate knowledge exchange. The event was attended by scientists, policy-makers (from across the UK) and wider stakeholders who were given the opportunity to contribute towards the content and discussions of the workshop before and throughout the day.
The programme included a series of presentations with the morning session covering recent plant health initiatives, such as:
- the EU Plant Health Regime, and
- the Scottish Government response to recommendations of the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Taskforce (including development of the UK Plant Health Risk Register and a GB Plant Biosecurity Strategy);
and the afternoon session presented relevant findings of Scottish Government funded research on plant health.
This was the first of events on plant health to ensure Scottish stakeholders are engaged on developments in Scotland, UK, EU and International level.