A note from the CEO

Welcome to the final edition of Tendrils for 2020.

It has been a challenging 12 months, testing the resilience of communities and businesses and driving us to adapt to new realities. What has been most encouraging is seeing how people are capable of not only adapting but thriving on change. Our willingness and ability to keep collaborating via remote means has been critical to getting us through these challenges together.

The global importance of sustainable agriculture, food security and protection of the natural environment was highlighted in 2020 when, for the first time in history, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared it the International Year of Plant Health. In 2021 the theme continues as the UN International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, focusing on their value in our diets and economies.

As biosecurity risks continue to be compounded by threats such as COVID-19 and environmental challenges posed by drought, bushfires and floods, it is essential to ensure investment in plant health is maintained and enhanced. In 2021, Plant Health Australia (PHA) will be developing the next five-year strategic plan in consultation with our stakeholders to ensure we have a blueprint to face future challenges. The past 20 years has seen PHA establish exceptional standards for plant biosecurity and I look forward to building on those successes with you in 2021 and beyond.

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our members and stakeholders for their steadfast support and wish you all a happy festive season and well-deserved break.

Sarah Corcoran
CEO, Plant Health Australia

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Source: Plant Health Australia