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Desert Locust Information Officers from ten countries (Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen) and the Desert Locust Control Organization for Eastern Africa (DLCO-EA) participated in the 6th annual workshop held at the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Regional Office in Cairo, Egypt.
The workshop is an informal forum where participants exchange problems and solutions regarding tools they use for Desert Locust monitoring and early warning such as eLocust2 (handheld data logger and satellite transmitter), remote sensing imagery, and RAMSESv3 GIS for data management and analysis. FAO provides a report card on how countries have been doing in terms of quality and timely reporting as part of the early warning system. The workshop contributes to maintaining an effective and updated system.
This year's workshop focussed on training in the new open source version of RAMSESv4 as well as a demonstration of the new revolutionary version of eLocust3. The workshop was organized by the FAO Commission for Controlling the Desert Locust in the Central Region (CRC) and conducted by the FAO Senior Locust Forecasting Officer who was assisted by three resource persons.