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Regional approach
Human Health Environment
Why a regional approach in Caucasus and Central Asia?


  • Political borders situated across locust traditional habitats and breeding areas (see map-Caucasus and map-Central Asia).
  • Locusts are migrant pests, able to fly downwind up to 100 km a day and which fly frequently across the political boundaries.
  • If a country faces locust infestations or an outbreak, it is more than likely than at least one neighboring country faces a similar situation. In other words, if a country carries out appropriate control operations in its own territory, it is not protected from infestations of locusts arriving from other countries.
  • Between 2006 and 2008 CCA countries addressed official requests for assistance to FAO (at national and regional levels) concerning to locust outbreaks.
  • In reply, a two-year project was approved by FAO (Technical Cooperation Programme) in order to: assess locust situation and management in CCA; design and endorse a medium-term response; and start regional cooperation and capacity-building (2009-2011).
  • In October 2011, the "Five-year Programme to improve national and regional locust management in Caucasus and Central Asia" was officially launched towards sustainable locust management.


"...Any long-term solution to transboundary agricultural pests can only result from improved national and regional locust management, which includes adequate preparation by each single country as well as concerted joint efforts by all of them.”



Photomontage: E. Vandeville