Biotechnology Department, Faculty of Science, Taif University, Taif 888, Saudi Arabia
The Transboundary Pest monitoring and Control Strategy is a tool that requires regional and international cooperations to reduce the spread of pests and pathogens. The GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries are transforming from cooperation to Union, therefore there was a need for semi- Regional Plant Protection Organization for GCC, in which the objectives of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) will be realized and act within GCC in order to improve the exchange of information and the harmonization of Phytosanitary measures, and to apply IPPC Standards.The rapidly expanding globalization of trade and tourism is an increasing challenge for plant health systems worldwide in protecting plant resources from alien plant pests. The spread of the red palm weevil Rhynchophor ferruginous, which has spread to the GCC countries through the import of large quantities of coconut plant as ornamental plants, is an example of an invasive pest. The results from this study recommends to work towards the establishment of a semi-regional organization that includes the GCC countries similar to the South American Southern Phytosanitary Organization (COSAVE) as one of the internationally successful models. This is supported by similarities in the number of member countries and the volume of trade exchange in the field of agricultural products and according to cost benefit analysis.