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Provisional Agenda for the Joint Workshop on Strengthening Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems and Early Actions in Southeast Asia

18-20 February 2020, United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand








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    Concept note for the Joint Workshop on Strengthening Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems and Early Actions in Southeast Asia
    18-20 February 2020, United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand
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    Technical guidance on desert locust – Early warning system and sustainable management of transboundary pests, with special reference to desert locust (Schistocerca gregaria [Forskål]) in South Asia 2022
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    Although locusts are a type of grasshopper, they differ physiologically and in their behaviour. When environmental conditions allow, locusts multiply rapidly so that billions of them can aggregate and migrate vast distances devouring every growing green thing in their path. Plagues of locusts have occured for a long time and are even referenced in the Old Testament of the Bible. The magnitude of damage and crop loss that they can cause is enormous and beyond imagination. They have been the cause of starvation across continents in the past. The desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria (Forskål) is the most widespread and destructive of all locust species. When they invade they can cover about 30 million square kilometres and can include all or parts of 64 countries in the northwest and east of Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and central Asia, including Afghanistan, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan, among others.
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    Scaling up Anticipatory Action across Southeast Asia
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    Over the past five years, capacities for Anticipatory Action (AA) systems for drought have been built across several countries in Southeast Asia. Such AA systems have been created in close collaboration between the national governments and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). These rely on a Combined Drought Index model to signal the looming threat of dry conditions on agriculture production, serving as a guide for initiating AA. El Niño was declared in July 2023 and is projected to last until April 2024, with ENSO-neutral conditions becoming the most likely category in May-July 2024. Historically, El Niño has been associated with erratic rainfall patterns and heightened temperatures, elevating the risk of drought in the sub region. In March 2024, the Combined Drought Index in Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Lao People’s Democratic Republic reached the activation threshold and the triggering of drought AA was confirmed after field verification. This brief provides an overview of these alerts and urges government bodies and partners to intensify anticipatory action efforts for protecting livelihoods, water security and food security, particularly in vulnerable hot-spots across the four countries.

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