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Pretoria, South Africa: 3-4 May 2001

Mrs Judith Pender (NRI UK), responsible for the Geographical Information System (GIS) data for the project, demonstrated an existing information system and how GIS can be used as a tool for decision makers. Input requirements and output formats (grid or point data) were discussed. Delegates agreed that the use of GIS maps would enhance their pest reports and assist with forecasting.
Delegates were divided into three workgroups to determine the dynamic needs of the information system (reporting and maps). Using the same weighting system as the previous day, four requirements were prioritised during the plenary session:
  1. Pest control information (stage, date, location, methods used)
  2. Environmental data (weather, vegetation, land use)
  3. Estimation of damage
  4. Warning forecast to neighbouring Countries
Prof Bob Cheke explained the input information needed for the Quelea project and mentioned that apart from a few additional data inputs (eg. nesting sequences) most of the requirements had already been highlighted during the work group sessions.

A suggestion was tabled that a page be included on the website where the methodology of predicting outbreaks could be explained (for all 3 pests).

After a presentation of an electronic reporting form by Margaret Kieser, the remainder of the afternoon was spent discussing the input fields and format of the reporting forms for armyworm, locust and Quelea. Examples of existing reporting forms were distributed, discussed, and alterations suggested.

Consensus was reached that there should be three levels of reporting for ICOSAMP namely:
  1. Monthly - a brief summary of the previous months' control operations - to be sent to Margaret Kieser by the 5th of every month.
  2. Quarterly - a detailed report completed every 3 months. Flexibility will be entertained in respect of when the reports can be received eg. at the end of a busy control season.
  3. Emergency - a report based on the monthly reporting form but sent out as soon as an emergency arises and a neighbouring country is threatened by invasion of a pest.
Delegates agreed to:
  • adopt the forms with the suggested changes
  • comply with the reporting schedules (as defined above) and
  • commit their support to the project.
The Project Leader agreed to:
  • compile preliminary reporting forms for approval by delegates
  • supply finalised reporting forms to all delegates
  • send reminders to delegates about reporting schedules.
Objections were called for, but none were received.

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