Arab Society for Plant Protection
The Arab Society for Plant Protection is a professional scientific society founded in 1981 and registered in accordance with Lebanese laws. Enrolled in the ASPP are around 700 members from 17 different countries, mostly of Arab nationalities. Members are from the following countries:
Arab countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
Other countries: France, Germany, Greece and USA.
Members are those professionally involved in the field of Plant Protection in the Arab World in the public and private sectors as well as in the scientific, academic and research institutions.
The Arab Society for Plant Protection is funded mainly through the membership subscription fees and through the financial support provided by sustaining member institutions. Sustaining institutions include international organizations such as FAO, ICARDA and AOAD as well as local national and international private agricultural companies.
Among the important activities of the Arab Society for Plant Protection is the publishing of the Arab Journal of Plant Protection (AJPP) and the Arab and Near East Plant Protection Newsletter (ANEPPNEL) which are issued twice a year. The AJPP publishes refereed scientific papers in all the areas related to plant protection (pathology, nematology, entomology, acarology, weed science, rodents, pesticides and residues, pest control, etc.). Papers are mostly published in the Arabic language with Arabic and English abstracts. The ASPP also published an Arabic translation of the "CMI Pocketbook of Plant Pathology" in cooperation with the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureau - CAB and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN.
Regular events organized by the Arab Society for Plant Protection include the Arab Congresses of Plant Protection. The first congress was held in Amman, Jordan in 1982; the second in Damascus, Syria in 1985; the third in Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates in 1988; the fourth in Cairo, Egypt in 1991; the fifth in Fes, Morocco in 1994; the sixth in Beirut, Lebanon in 1997; and the seventh in Amman, Jordan in 2000, the eighth congress will be held in Libya in 2003. The ASPP also collaborates with other institutions in organizing other international, regional or national conferences and workshops (examples are the Second International Conference on Soil Solarization and Integrated Management of Soilborne Pests, 1997 and the regional workshop on Damaging Diseases Affecting the Future of Fruit Tree Production in Lebanon and Neighbouring Countries, held in November, 1998 in Beirut, Lebanon).
The administrative structure of the Arab Society for Plant Protection is through an Executive Committee comprised of a President, a Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer and four other members. Also included in the Executive Committee is the Editor of the Arab Journal of Plant Protection. The correspondence with the members in the various Arab countries is through National Representatives in each country. All Executive Committee members and National Representatives are elected for a period of 3 years during the Arab Congress of Plant Protection.
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