MINNEAPOLIS, MN, USA – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has chosen East View Cartographic as the key map provider for its Desert Locust early warning system. The system, with its geographic focus on northern Africa, the Near East and Asia, tracks environmental conditions and locust infestations so that early actions can be taken to prevent plagues from developing.
EVC was able to provide expansive source data, in-house GIS production services and critical georeferenced area coverage and metadata. Keith Cressman, FAO Senior Locust Forecaster, says, “These data help to analyze environmental conditions and locust populations in order to predict the scale, timing and location of breeding and migration. In turn, these forecasts and warnings help affected countries to plan survey and control operations, and alert the international community to assist.”