As verified from the reports of the two previously held seminars in 2003 in Japan and 2004 in Taiwan ROC, the incidence of introduction of biological invasive alien species in the region has increased along with increases in global trade and human travel. Many plants (including weeds), animals (including insects), and microbes have invaded many countries. The economic damage and ecological impacts caused by these invasive alien species have also been increasing. This important issue can only be resolved effectively by means of regional/international cooperation. Invasive alien organisms have become a vital concern, and the need to exchange research and monitoring information on this concern has become more important and urgent than ever. Toward this end, maintaining a database to facilitate international cooperation in resolving this major issue is of significant importance. The utilization of the Internet is indispensable in terms of sharing database information on biological invaders among countries in the region and/or in the international level. To help resolve such problems and minimize the damage caused by alien species, the Asia-Pacific Alien Species Database (APASD) was introduced by the NIAES (National Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences), Japan, during the first meeting in 2003 and has been improved as an outcome of the second seminar in 2004; database input has continued since then. This Y2006 project is a follow-up activity of the past two seminars, with the intention of updating the APASD system to make it more functional and user-friendly. This is in line with FFTCâ€™s commitment, in collaboration with NIAES, Japan, to continue to support the development of the APASD and to organize related programs such as training workshop to improve the functionality of the system among countries in the region.
The workshop will be categorized into two distinct activities: the paper presentation and deliberations; and the field study tour. The presentations will consist of keynote speeches, resource papers / case studies, and country paper presentations. Two distinguished experts on the subject matter will be invited to present keynote speeches, intended to set the basis for discussion of major issues and concerns related to improve he functionality of the system among countries in the region. Several experts from different countries will then serve as resource persons to present recent trends and approaches, as well as technological developments in database of biological invasion. Country paper presentations are expected to provide a feature picture of the status and challenges on invasive alien species in their respective countries. A field study tour will be followed to observe pest management in crop production.
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