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FAO regional Desert Locust commissions

Western Region

The FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Western Region (CLCPRO) has 10 member countries from West and Northwest Africa: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal and Tunisia. The Executive Secretary is based in Algiers and is also responsible for administering the EMPRES programme in the Western Region, which started in 2006.

Central Region

The FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region (CRC) has 16 member countries: Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, UAE and Yemen. CRC also works with the Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa (DLCO-EA) and northern Somalia. The EMPRES programme was initiated in mid 1994 in the Central Region and concluded in 2006 when activities were handed over to the CRC in order to ensure their sustainability. The Executive Secretary is based in Cairo.

Eastern Region

The FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in South-West Asia (SWAC) is FAO's oldest regional locust commission and has 4 member countries: Afghanistan, India, Iran and Pakistan. The Senior Locust Forecasting Officer at FAO HQ acts as the Executive Secretary. The EMPRES programme was never initiated in the Region.