Saudi Arabia hosted the activities of the thirty-second session and the thirty-sixth meeting of the Executive Committee of the Member States of the Locust Control Commission in the Central Region of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
In its current session, which lasts for 5 days, the meeting will discuss some vital topics, most notably the desert locust outbreak during the period (2019-2021), ways to enhance countries’ capabilities to confront locust developments, improving and developing control operations, and climate change.
The Director-General of the Center for Control of Locusts and Migratory Pests, Eng. Mohammed Al-Shamrani stated that during the session, the president and vice-chairman of the Commission will be elected for the next session, and the response of Member States to the desert locust outbreak and the extent to which prevention tools are adapted to climate changes will be discussed.
Al-Shamrani added that the activities of the current session will witness several important topics, including the importance, effectiveness, and sustainability of operations for national locust control units, a discussion of modern techniques in surveying and desert locust control operations, and a review of reports and early warnings in improving the response to desert locust crises.
16 countries are participating in the current session of the Executive Committee of the Desert Locust Control Commission in the Central Region: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Eritrea, and its members shall, in conclusion, determine the date and location of the next 33rd session of the Commission for the Control of Locusts in the Central Region of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Many international bodies and organizations concerned with the event will participate in the meeting, and a high-level meeting will be called for later, through which decision-makers can review the approved strategy and program for effective management of the Desert Locust control.