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    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 2023
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    This poster on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) targets locust experts from the Caucasus and Central Asia who are involved in locust control and pesticides handling. This practical tool explains the importance of using Personal Protective Equipment and highlights several "Dos & Don’ts" in addition of tips and warnings.
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    Practical guidelines on pesticide risk reduction for locust control in Caucasus and Central Asia 2019
    The Guidelines discuss the risks of insecticide handling and use before, during and after locust control campaigns, as well as measures that can be taken to minimize those risks. The Guidelines target three types of staff: 1) Decision makers and campaign organizers – i.e. senior staff in the locust control unit – who require guidance on organizational aspects of risk reduction before, during and after the control campaign; 2) Locust control staff – i.e. control team supervisors, pesticide applicators, drivers, store keepers – who require guidance on best practices and risk reduction measures during the campaign; 3) Monitoring staff – i.e. from specialized human health and environmental monitoring teams – who need guidance and best practices for the monitoring of insecticide application, efficacy, human health and environmental aspects of locust control operations. The Guidelines are structured following the main stages of a locust control campaign. First, the risk reduction measures during the preparation of the campaign are discussed, including insecticide selection, contingency plans, Personal Protective Equipment, human health and the environmental monitoring and training. The second section describes the environmental and health risks during locust control operations. Insecticide transport and storage, use of Personal Protective Equipment, insecticide applications, empty container management, and monitoring of human health and environmental risks are covered. The third section discusses activities after the end of the control campaign, such as management of empty containers, remaining pesticides, or follow-up monitoring. The Selected References at the end of the document provide links to various topics that are discussed in these guidelines.
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    Project on “Reducing risks of locust disasters in Caucasus and Central Asia” 2022
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    Locust pests are a constant threat to agricultural production in Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA). Every year, they put at risks crops and rangelands while threatening food security, the economy and livelihoods of the rural populations living in the affected areas. Three locust pests affect CCA countries: Italian (Calliptamus italicus), Moroccan (Dociostaurus maroccanus) and Asian Migratory (Locusta migratoria). The main challenge regarding locust management, is the switch from mostly crop protection, or reactive mode, to preventive and disaster risk reduction approaches. This means anticipating locust outbreaks and getting prepared for crises on the one hand as well as responding earlier and better in case they occur. Overall, Caucasus and Central Asian countries have treated annually from 1.9 to 6.9 million hectares over the past ten years, with an average of 4.2 million hectares.

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