Biosecurity and biosafety systems in the Philippines and New Zealand : A cross-case analysis
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Forestry Science
There is a growing importance for both biosecurity and biosafety globally and locally. In this context, this study examined and compared the biosecurity and biosafety systems of the Philippines and New Zealand. This study also considered the central issue of whether the international idea that biosecurity should be the strategic and integrated approach covering and encompassing biosafety and other related instruments, is present or being practised in the national context. This study utilised a qualitative research framework. It followed a case study approach as a process and a product of analysis, and employed triangulation technique of in-depth interviews, observation and used of pertinent/documents in gathering the relevant data and information. This study found that there are complexity of systems, policies, legislation, regulations, and cross-cutting issues that surround biosecurity and biosafety in the Philippines and New Zealand. In terms of biosecurity encompassing biosafety in the local context, this study revealed that such a concept is not yet present in the Philippines, whilst, to some extent it is happening in New Zealand. This study concluded that unless steps are taken to make national policies better informed, enhance understanding of the nature and relevance of biosecurity, and set strategic and operational priorities, then there will be a continuing overlap between biosecurity and biosafety at the national or local level.