Locust Watch
Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia

Technical Workshop on Locusts in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA), 21-24 November 2022

Provisional Agenda 


1.   Opening of the Meeting

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

3.   Adoption of the Agenda

Session 1: National 2022 locust campaigns and forecasts for 2023

4.   National locust campaigns in 2022, forecasts for 2023 and preparation of the next campaigns

Session 2: Programme implementation and capacity strengthening in 2022

5.  Overview on Programme implementation in 2022 

6.  Regional cooperation: Cross-border surveys (Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, April/May and May/June 2022)

7.  National capacities’ development in 2022

7.1   Training sessions

a)   National sessions and briefing sessions on locust management: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well as Uzbekistan (in-depth CCALM introduction)

b) Regional sessions of the Training-of-Trainers: for Caucasus (September) and Central Asia (October)

7.2   Update on Background literature on the locust pests in CCA (Monthly Bulletins, Practical Guidelines, posters, monographs, calendars...)

7.3   Equipment delivered in 2022 to strengthen operational capacities

8.  Development of a national locust contingency plan – pilot activity in Tajikistan

Session 3: Developing monitoring and analyzing systems

9.   Developments of ASDC in 2022 (situation update, issues encountered, lessons learnt and recommendations) and next steps for 2023

10. Developments of CCALM in 2022 (progress made, issues encountered, lessons learnt and recommendations) and next steps for 2023

11. Potential of drones for use in locust management

Session 4: Risk reduction for human health and the environment

12.   Monitoring impact of locust control operations 

12.1. Human Health and Environment Monitoring Teams’ work in Azerbaijan, Georgia (incl. pesticide residue analysis), Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan

12.2. Development of a national monitoring system of the impact of locust control on human health and the environment in Uzbekistan

13.  Progress made on control operations, use of pesticides and biopesticides, and on safety and environmental precautions

14.  E-Committee on Pesticides and Biopesticides

15.  Deployment of the Locust Pesticide Management System (Locust-PMS) – pilot activity in Georgia

16.  Biopesticides in CCA: present and future

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

17.  Towards the establishment of a FAO Commission on locusts in CCA - Update

18.  Programme of work during 2023


19.  Any other business

 Incl. short updates on Migratory Locust in Madagascar, Indonesia

Drafting Committee (preparation of the bilingual report)

20.  Adoption of the draft report

21.  Closure