Locust Watch
Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia

Technical Workshop on Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA), Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 13-17 November 2017

The Agenda of the Technical Workshop is as follows:


1. Opening address 

2. Election of Chairman, Vice-Chairman & Drafting Committee 

3. Adoption of the Agenda

Session 1: National 2017 locust campaigns and forecasts for 2018 

4. National locust campaigns in 2017 (countries' presentations) 

5. Locust forecasts for 2018 and preparation of the next campaigns (countries' presentations)

Session 2: Implementation of the Programme to improve locust management in Caucasus and Central Asia

6. Overview on Programme implementation in 2017 and funding situation 

7. Regional cooperation in 2017: joint or cross-border surveys (countries' presentations):

  • Armenia - Azerbaijan - Georgia - Russia, April 2017 
  • Tajikistan - Uzbekistan, April 2017
  • Kyrgyzstan - Tajikistan, May 2017
  • Afghanistan - Tajikistan, July 2017

8. National capacities' development in 2017

    a) Trainings (countries' presentations)

  • Locust monitoring and information management, jointly with Automated System of Data Collection (ASDC) and Caucasus and Central Asia Locust Management  System (CCALM)

       - National training, Uzbekistan, March 2017
       - Sub-regional (Armenia/Azerbaijan/Georgia/Russian Federation) training, Russian Federation, April 2017
       - National training, Azerbaijan, April 2017

  • ASDC use

       - National session on ASDC (Training-of-Trainers/ToT), Kyrgyzstan, April 2017       

       - National session on ASDC (ToT), Afghanistan, September 2017

  • Locust spraying and pesticide risk reduction

       - Briefing sessions (ToT), Kyrgyzstan, April-July 2017      

       - Briefing sessions (ToT), Tajikistan, April-June 2017       

       - Refresher course on locust spraying and pesticide risk reduction for Afghan Experts (ToT), Georgia, July 2017 and national session, Afghanistan, September 2017

    b) Update on fellowships on locust management

    c) Update on the monographs of the three locust pests

    d) Practical Guidelines on locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA): Biology, Ecology, Behavior

    e) Equipment to strengthen operational capacities: update on delivery in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (Japanese- funded project)

9. Programme of work during 2018

Session 3: Developing monitoring and analysing systems

10. Developments of ASDC in 2017 and next steps for 2018

11. Developments of CCALM in 2017 and next steps for 2018

     a) CCALM introduction at the national level

     b) CCALM improvement and management

Session 4: Risk reduction for human health and the environment 

12. Mitigating impact of locust control operations: background documentation

13. Monitoring impact of locust control operations:

     a) Developing a global system for health and environmental monitoring of locust control operations, including on-the-job training on monitoring techniques, June 2017, Azerbaijan (country's presentation)

     b) Human Health and Environment Monitoring Teams' work in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, May-July 2017 (countries' presentations)

     c) Impact assessment of control operations and pesticide residue analysis, Kyrgyzstan (country's presentation)

14. Progress made on control operations, pesticides and biopesticides (countries' feedback)

15. Progress made on safety and environmental precautions (countries' feedback)

Session 5: Resource mobilization

16. Preparation of new project(s)


17. Any other business 

18. Adoption of the report

19. Closure address