Locust Watch
Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia

Technical Workshop on Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA), 23-25 November 2021 (online)

Provisional Agenda 


1.   Opening of the Meeting

2.   Adoption of the Agenda

Session 1: National 2021 locust campaigns and forecasts for 2022

3.   National locust campaigns in 2021, forecasts for 2022 and preparation of the next campaigns

Session 2: Programme implementation and capacity strengthening in 2022

4.   Overview on Programme implementation in 2022 

5.   National capacities' development in 2021

5.1   Training sessions

a) Online Refresher courses or National Sessions on locust monitoring and information management as well as pesticide risk reduction, including ASDC and CCALM: Georgia (December 2020), Afghanistan (January 2021), Turkmenistan (February), Tajikistan (February), Russian Federation (March), Armenia (April and September), Kazakhstan (May 2021), Azerbaijan (May) and Uzbekistan (October)

b) National sessions on locust management and Briefing sessions on locust spraying and pesticide risk reduction: Azerbaijan (June-July), Georgia (April and June), Kyrgyzstan (November 2020 & April-June 2021) and Tajikistan (March-May)

5.2   Background literature on the locust pests in CCA (Monthly Bulletins, Practical Guidelines, posters, monographs)

5.3   Equipment delivered in 2021 to strengthen operational capacities

Session 3: Developing monitoring and analyzing systems

6.   Developments of ASDC in 2021 (situation update, issues encountered, lessons learnt and recommendations) and next steps for 2022

7.   Developments of CCALM in 2021 (progress made, issues encountered, lessons learnt and recommendations)  and next steps for 2022

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, March-August 2021

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

10.  Pesticides Referee Group (PRG) meeting in 2021

11.  Development of a Locust Pesticide Management System (Locust-PMS) 

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

12.  New projects and resource mobilization 

13.  Towards the establishment of a FAO Commission on locusts in CCA

14.  Programme of work during 2022


15.  Any other business

Incl. short updates on Desert Locust situation in Eastern Africa and Southeast Asia as well as Migratory Locust in Madagascar

16.  Celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Locust Programme in CCA: main achievements, memories and virtual toast 

17.  Closure