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Desert Locust Information Service (Rome)
The Desert Locust Information Service (DLIS) at FAO Headquarters (Rome, Italy)

Questionnaire on DLIS and tools for locust information officers
Using SurveyMonkey, an online questionnaire was completed by national locust information officers regarding DLIS and the tools used for Desert Locust management in 2016 and 2012. The results presented here will be used to improve DLIS products and services to locust-affected countries.

Early warning success
There are several basic components that are required for any early warning system to be effective and reliable

eLocust3: updated field data entry & transmission
eLocust3 is a handheld device used by national field officers during survey and control operations in countries affected by the Desert Locust. It began operations on 1 January 2015, replacing the ten-year old eLocust2.

eLocust2: field data entry & transmission
Handheld device for locust officers to record survey and control results in the field and transmit them via satellite to their National Locust Centres

Google Earth Engine
Innovative Google technology and free new tools: Google Earth Pro, My Maps (share simple interactive maps without Google Earth), Fusion Tables (share geo-referenced data on a map), and Google Earth Engine (rapid remote sensing imagery display and analysis), already used by FAO Forestry and being extended for Desert Locust

MODIS-derived greenness maps to better monitor Desert Locust habitats
A dynamic map that shows where vegetation is present in the desert and how long it has been green

Training National Locust Information Officers
FAO conducts an 11-month training programme in DLIS for national Locust Information Officers