ASEANET - The ASEAN Network on Taxonomy
ASEANET - The ASEAN Network on Taxonomy
Taxonomic capacity building to support market access for agricultural trade in the ASEAN region - Phase 1


This project will develop and strengthen capacities in taxonomic knowledge to identify and manage quarantine risks associated with agriculture commodities and to accurately diagnose pests and diseases among the ASEAN Member States (AMS).

The project is funded by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) through the ASEAN Secretariat for 2 years from 1st May 2015 to 30th April 2017.

"Due to several technical reasons, especially the availability of our Japanese resource persons, the project, with the approval from the JAIF Management Team and ASEAN Secretariat, has been extended twice, i.e. from 30th April 2017 to 30th June 2018 and from 1st July 2018 to 31st March 2019"

Key activities of the project would be a small part of the major activities of the ASEAN Regional Diagnostic Network (ARDN) Strategic Plan, an output of the 2009 Workshop on the Planning Meeting of ARDN held in Vientiane, Lao PDR, organized by ASEANET in collaboration of and supported by NZAid-Plant Health and AusAID SPS Capacity Building programs.
Three (3) major activities will be undertaken in this project in line with the ARDN Strategic Plan:
ARDN (ASEAN Regional Diagnostic Network)
The ASEAN Regional Diagnostic Network is envisaged as a system that would provide identifications of organisms of agricultural importance (especially plant pests, diseases and weeds) detected in the South-East Asian region.

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Activity 1: Training and Capacity Building

  • Three (3) training workshops on the taxonomy and identication of plant viruses, weevils of quarantine importance and leaf miners organized in the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia
  • Attachment program for at least 3 participants from ASEAN countries to research institutes in Japan in plant viruses, aphids and leaf miners

Activity 2: Networking and Institutionalization

  • An expertise register of individual taxonomic experts and diagnostic laboratories available to the ARDN Network (e.g. name, contact details and specic expertise, laboratories that provides diagnostic work and assistance)
  • A website hosting an expert register (from ASEAN + 3 nations and from elsewhere in the world), information on major pests & diseases of potential crops in the ASEAN + 3 nations, diagnostic resources and tools and e-applications for diagnostic services

  • Promotional materials, e.g. flyers, posters, data-sheets, stickers, and other marketing and promotional assets

Activity 3: Management and Coordination

  • Implement program activities and endeavour to extend the reach and cover of taxonomic capacity building in support of ARDN as dened by success measures and indicators
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