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Pretoria, South Africa: 3-4 May 2001

Mrs Margaret Kieser, the Project Leader, welcomed the VIPs and delegates to the first strategic planning workshop of the ICOSAMP project. Apologies were tendered for Mrs Taguma (Zambia) and Mr Magoma (Tanzania) who were unable to attend.

Mr Mike Walters, Director:ARC-PPRI Pretoria, highlighted some of the major problems faced by countries in the SADC region with regard to migrant pests, and explained how the application of modern technology could assist with international co-operation and ultimately improve control efficiency. He thanked the donors, the Department for International Development (DFID) UK, for their support of the project.

Ms Karen Wilkin (NR International, and DFID representative) spoke about the strategy of the DFID Crop Protection Programme (CPP) and the requirements for funding of research projects.

Mrs Margaret Kieser described the background to the establishment of the ICOSAMP project, its aims, benefits, beneficiaries and outputs.

Prof. Bob Cheke (NRI, UK) informed delegates about a southern African red-billed Quelea project (funded by DFID and directly linked to ICOSAMP) from which a quelea forecasting system will be developed.

Delegates from each SADC country were given an opportunity to introduce themselves and to present a brief summary of the migrant pest situation in their country during the past year.

Mrs Sheila Machiri (SADC-FANR) and Mr John Katheru (IRLCO-CSA) described the role of their organisations in southern Africa.

Ms Mariana Purnell (ARC-Corporate Business Liaison) gave a presentation on the use of a computer-based information system and how it could benefit migrant pest decision makers in the SADC region, by providing timely information of impending outbreaks, identification of pest species, and access to various databases.

Delegates were divided into two workgroups to determine the various elements of the information system.

A weighting system was used to prioritise these elements and a team consisting of the project leader, main collaborators and facilitators, later consolidated the information and identified the five most important elements namely:
  1. Control information
  2. Identification and biology of the pest
  3. Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Safety precautions
  4. Pest forecasts and Weather forecasts
  5. Economic importance of pests
Various other categories of information were also retrieved:
  • Biology
  • GIS
  • Research (Current)
  • Contacts
  • Legislation
  • Reporting
  • Control technologies
  • Prevention
  • Safety
  • Economic impact
  • Problems and Forums
  • Social Impact
  • Environment
  • Public Awareness
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