In line with its Charter the APLC undertakes a wide range of communication and engagement activities to provide information, advice and support to stakeholder agencies, landholders and the general community. The APLC provides a locust monitoring and forecasting system for operations conducted by APLC and member states. It also promotes and facilitates adoption of best practice for pest locust management in member states through the release of research project results and the provision of specialist technical advice.
The APLC has ongoing engagement with state and local agencies involved in pest locust management to ensure the coordination of activities and to provide information on the current locust situation and regional forecasts. APLC officers liaise with many client groups on a continual basis, including landholders, the public and state government officials.
A number of promotion and awareness tools are available to facilitate information exchange, including brochures, a locust identification guide, information sheets and training videos. A Locust Bulletin is produced every month to give an update on the current locust situation and regional forecasts. These Bulletins and Current Situation updates are also posted on the APLC web site, which is a major vehicle for the delivery of timely and relevant information to stakeholders and the general community.
The APLC has prepared an Australian Locust Communications Strategy in collaboration with member state agencies. This strategy is designed to provide a common base for all agencies undertaking pest locust management communication at all levels.
Pre-season planning forms an important element of APLC’s engagement with state and local agencies, landholders and regional communities. These planning activities make extensive use of the forecasting and related information generated by APLC. Part of the seasonal plan resulting from this engagement is a communications plan which identifies the key messages required by the various target audiences and the most appropriate mechanism for delivery of these.
A number of promotion and awareness tools are available to facilitate information exchange, including brochures, a locust identification guide, information sheets and training videos.
A field guide to the locusts and grasshoppers of Australia was published by the APLC in 1998 to assist the identification of economically important species. An HTML version of the Locust and Grasshopper Identification Guide is available on this website.
The APLC is represented at major rural field days and shows, and information days for client groups are regularly conducted. Rural media are kept informed of developments in locust activity and information is distributed to the general public on a regular basis.
Training and Consultancy
The APLC delivers training to staff from state and local agencies in the identification, survey and control of locusts. This training incorporates relevant elements of the APLC’s best practice operations, including those based on the outcomes of APLC’s research and development program.
The APLC also undertakes international consultancies on locust and grasshopper management. We offer objective and impartial advice on how to control locusts and how to develop effective forecasting procedures. We have recently successfully completed consultancies in Timor Leste, Indonesia, Yemen and Africa, and have engaged with international counterparts in China, USA, Canada, Central America and South America.
APLC is also an active participant in relevant international forums managed through the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
Loading a spray plane with the bioinsecticide Metarhizium (Green Muscle) in Tanzania in 2009.
APLC represented FAO in a control operation against Red locust in collaboration
with the International Red Locust Control Organisation for Central and Southern Africa
and the Tanzanian Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. Photo- P.Spurgin.