The Western Region consists of Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Tunisia. The EMPRES programme is due to conclude in the Western Region at the end of 2014. The programme's activities and management will be assumed by the FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region (CLCPRO) and its Executive Secretary based in Algiers.
The FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region (CRC) has 16 member countries with a secretariat based in Cairo. Of the 16 countries, nine are considered as frontline countries along both sides of the Red Sea and in the Arabian Peninsula. This is the region where most Desert Locust plagues have originated in the past. The EMPRES programme was initiated in mid 1994 in the Central Region and concluded in 2006. At that time, EMPRES programme activities were handed over to the CRC in order to ensure sustainability.
The FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in South-West Asia (SWAC) is FAO's oldest regional locust commission and consists of Afghanistan, India, Iran and Pakistan. The Senior Locust Forecasting Officer at FAO HQ acts as the Executive Secretary.