The first US edition of the bi-annual joint NPMA/CEPA initiative drew close to 200 attendees from all 5 continents. Dr. John Simmons, Managing Director of Acheta Consulting, a presenter at the event, said that “the second Global Pest Management Summit was well attended and offered an excellent opportunity to chat with fellow pest managers from around the world, to hear a mostly interesting array of speakers, and to see first-hand the amazing rat infestation that New York cultivates.”
In his closing remarks Bertrand Montmoreau, Chairman of CEPA and co-organiser of the event, stated that “the second edition of the Summit more specifically addressed issues concerning Integrated Pest Management in relation to Food Safety and Public Health.” He concluded “I am particularly pleased that in defining the added value of pest management the notion of prevention has been put at the forefront and that the increasing demand for international certification has become evident.”
It is no secret that other than learning more about IPM, Public Health and Food Safety issues the pest management community also has a compelling desire to meet head to head with the object of its passion. This was amply demonstrated by the success of the Manhattan Rat Safaris organized by Bob Currigan, a very popular speaker with US audiences and one of the world’s leading rodentologists. He gave participants of the two sold-out live tours an opportunity to get an inside look at the thriving rat population of New York City.
Those of you who missed out on the Global Summit’s two day action filled programme will be pleased to know that all the presentations can be accessed on the NPMA website by typing in GFS2017 as both the username and password. See you in two years’ time for the 3rd edition in Europe. Keep an eye on this space for announcements about the date and location!
Photo 1: Roland Higgins (CEPA), Dominique Stumpf (NPMA)
Photo 2: Randal Giroux (Cargill), John Carter (Danone)