Effective 1 November 2011, Mamoon Al-Alawi replaced Munir Butros (who retired in April 2011) as the CRC secretary. His office is at the FAO Near East Regional Office in Cairo, and he can be contacted by email (Mamoon.AlAlawi@fao.org) and telephone (+20 2 33316018).
EMPRES-Plant Pests group
Effective 1 October 2011, Annie Monard has been appointed Senior Officer (Transboundary Plant Pests) and Team Leader of the Emergency Prevention System for Transboundary Animal and Plant Pests and Diseases (EMPRES) group, AGPMM. She replaces Christian Pantenius who retired in August 2011.
Desert Locust reporting
Affected countries are kindly reminded to make sure that results are sent to FAO HQ within 48 hours of the end of the survey or control operations, even if no locusts were found. Country reports should arrive at FAO on the 28th day of the month if the information is to be included in the FAO bulletin for the current month; otherwise, it will not appear until the next Bulletin. Please send all reports by email (email@example.com) or facsimile (+39 06 570 55271). Do not send reports to individual staff members at FAO HQ.
Reports should be sent even if no locusts were found or if no surveys were conducted.
Desert Locust warning levels
As an alternative means of keeping the world informed of the seriousness of the current locust situation, the Locust Group uses a colour-coded scheme on the LocustWatch home page: green for CALM, yellow for CAUTION, orange for THREAT and red for DANGER. The levels indicate the perceived risk or threat of current Desert Locust infestations to crops. Associated actions for each level are suggested. Please let us have your feedback on the usefulness of this scheme and any suggested improvements.