UK represented at Global Pest Management Coalition and Global Public Health & Food Safety Summit

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BPCA chief executive Ian Andrew recently attended the Global Pest Management Coalition meeting in Miami Beach, which coincided with World Pest Day and the GPMC’s Global Public Health & Food Safety Summit.

Delegates from Pest Management Associations across Europe, North and South America, North Africa, and Asia came together, highlighting the global collaboration in pest management.

Members of the coalition shared how each country was celebrating and recognising World Pest Day, including setting up formal press conferences, social media marketing campaigns, and working with members to share a united message of the industry’s importance.

Other items discussed include further engagement with the World Health Organisation on vector-borne diseases and an update on the GPMC’s Sustainability Working Group, which BPCA’s Natalie Bungay sits on.

Mr Andrew said: “The highlight for me was the session on the City of New Orleans approach to pest management, initiated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding suffered by the city.

“This led to an integrated city-wide approach to pest management with increased monitoring, identification of ‘hot spots’ and coordinated control measures to achieve maximum impact.”

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