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Technical Workshop on Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA), Tbilisi, Georgia, 17-21 November 2014

The Provision Agenda of the Technical Workshop is as follows:

Opening

1. Opening address
2. Election of Chairman, Vice-Chairman & Drafting Committee
3. Adoption of the agenda

Session 1: National locust campaigns in 2014 and forecasts for 2015

4. National locust campaigns in 2014 (countries' presentations)
5. Locust forecast for 2015 and preparation of the next campaign (countries' presentations)

Session 2: Implementation of the Five-year Programme to improve locust management in Caucasus and Central Asia

6. Five-year Programme in 2014: overview on implementation and funding situation
7. Regional cooperation in 2014
    a) Regular information sharing
    b) Presentation of the revised website "Locust Watch in CCA"
    c) Cross-border/ joint surveys
       - Kyrgyzstan - Uzbekistan (countries' presentations)
       - Afghanistan - Tajikistan (countries' presentations)
8. National capacities' development in 2014
    a) Training:
       - on locust monitoring: Uzbekistan (country's presentation)
       - on locust Ultra-Low Volume spraying: Kazakhstan (country's presentation)
    b) One-month internship on locust management:
       - Azerbaijan & Georgia in Morocco (countries' presentations)
    c) Update on background documentation (monographs)
9. Situation update on fellowships on locust issues
10. Study on possible mechanisms for long-term locust regional cooperation and management in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA)
11. Five-year Programme during Year 4 (2015): workplan

Session 3: Developing monitoring and analysing systems (remote sensing)

12. Background information on the Locust Geographical Information System (GIS) in CCA
13. Developments on the Automated System of Data Collection (ASDC)
    a) Training on GIS and ground surveys using the Automated System of Data Collection (ASDC):
       - Armenia/Azerbaijan/Georgia/the Russian Federation (countries' presentations)
       - Uzbekistan (country's presentation)
    b) Testing ASDC at the national level (pilot countries' presentations: Georgia and Uzbekistan; feedback from Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation)
14. Development of the regional GIS
15. Practical demonstrations by countries: field use of ASDC
16. Developments on unified information system on biohazards, including locusts, for CIS members

Session 4: Locust control and risk reduction for human health and the environment

17. Mitigating impact of locust control operations:
    a) Development of a plan for insecticide storage and container management for locust control in Kyrgyzstan (country's presentation)
18. Monitoring impact of locust control operations:
    a) Pilot activity to develop a monitoring system on quality control and efficacy of locust treatments in Tajikistan (country's presentation)
    b) Study on the fate of insecticides used for locust control on pasture in Kyrgyzstan - residue analysis (country's presentation)
    c) Presentation of compilation of existing information on residue levels on crops and pastures in Russia
19. Progress made on safety and environmental precautions (countries' feedback)
20. Progress made on spraying technologies products and biopesticides (countries' feedback)

Closing

21. Any other business
22. Adoption of the report
23. Closure address

Documents

Report Technical Workshop 2014

Provisional Agenda

Item 1- List of documents

Item 3b- Provisional Timetable

Item 4 - National Locust Situation in 2014

Item 5- Forecast for 2015 Template

Item 6 - Five-year Programme Implementation Year 3

Item 7a&b- Information sharing in 2014

Item 7c- Regional cooperation: Joint or Cross-Border Survey Template

Item 8a & 13a- Strengthening national capacities: Training Sessions Template

Item 8b (report)- National capacities' development in 2014: One-month internship on locust management

Item 8b (template)- Strengthening national capacities: One-month Internship

Item 8c- Strengthening national capacities: Update on background documentation (monographs)

Item 9- Situation update on fellowships on locust management

Item 10- Study on possible mechanisms for long-term regional cooperation on locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA)

Item 12- Background information on the Locust Geographical Information System (GIS) in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA

Item 13a- Training on Locust Geographical Information System (GIS) in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) and ground surveys using the Automated System of Data Collection (ASDC) (FAO Report)

Item 13 b- Developments on the Automated System of Data Collection (ASDC): Testing ASDC at the national level Template

Item 14- Development of the regional Locust Geographic Information System (GIS) in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA)

Item 16 - Developments on unified information system on biohazards, including locusts, for CIS countries

Item 18a- Pilot activity to develop a integral system for environmental and health monitoring of locust control in Tajikistan

Item 19- Progress made on safety and environmental precautions Template

Item 20- Progress made on spraying technologies products and biopesticides