Locust Watch
Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia

Technical Workshop on Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA), 24-26 November 2020 (online)

Provisional Agenda 


1.   Opening of the Meeting

2.   Adoption of the Agenda

Session 1: National 2020 locust campaigns and forecasts for 2021

3.   National locust campaigns in 2020, forecasts for 2021 and preparation of the next campaigns

Session 2: Programme implementation and capacity strengthening in 2020

4.   Overview on Programme implementation in 2019 and funding situation 

5.   Regional cooperation in 2020

5.1   Training sessions

  • Training on locust monitoring and information management, including ASDC and CCALM, November 2019, Kazakhstan
  • Briefing sessions on locust spraying and pesticide risk reduction, June-August 2020, Kyrgyzstan
  • Remote Refreshing course for Master-Trainers on locust biology and monitoring as well as on pesticide risk reduction, including ASDC and CCALM, October 2019, Kyrgyzstan
  • Remote session on ASDC and CCALM, Azerbaijan, September 2020

5.2   Practical Guidelines on the three locust pests in CCA

5.3   Equipment delivered in 2020 to strengthen operational capacities

Session 3: Developing monitoring and analyzing systems

6.   Developments of ASDC in 2020 (situation update, issues encountered, lessons learnt and recommendations) and next steps for 2021

7.   Developments of CCALM in 2020 (progress made, issues encountered, lessons learnt and recommendations)  and next steps for 2021

Session 4: Risk reduction for human health and the environment

8.   Monitoring impact of locust control operations - Human Health and Environment Monitoring Teams’ work in Azerbaijan, Georgia (incl. pesticide residue analysis), Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, May-August 2020

9.   Progress made on control operations, pesticides and biopesticides, and on safety and environmental precautions

10.   Data collection for the Pesticides Referee Group (PRG) and trials with new pesticides

Session 5: Locust Programme in CCA: what is next?

11.   New projects and resource mobilization 

12.   Programme of work during 2021


13.   Any other business

Incl. Update on Desert Locust situation in Eastern Africa and Southeast Asia

14.  Closure address