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Sand and dust storms are a natural phenomenon woven deep into many cultures around the world. Poems and songs are written about them, and parents pass on tales of them to their children. Depending on where you are in the world, sand and dust storms have different names: yellow dust, sirocco, haboob, white storms or the harmattan. Yet, whatever you call them, sand and dust storms are destructive natural phenomena, which fluctuate in intensity, depending on the time of year.​

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the frequency and intensity of dust storms have increased over the past few decades. IPCC attributes this to excessive land use, land cover changes and climate-related factors in dryland areas of the Arabian Peninsula and broader Middle East, as well as in the Sahel region of Africa and in Central Asia. ​

In 2019, UNCCD teamed up with other UN agencies and scientific institutions to develop The Sand and Dust Storms Toolbox. The toolbox aims to help countries develop a proactive approach to prevent and cope with sand and dust storms. The online platform will showcase tools and best practices to: ​

  • conduct risk and vulnerability assessments​
  • perform source mapping​
  • monitor sand and dust storms​
  • forecast weather conditions ​
  • set up early warning mechanisms​
  • develop anthropogenic source control and mitigation options​

SDS Toolbox

In 2019, UNCCD teamed up with other UN agencies and scientific institutions to develop The Sand and Dust Storms Toolbox. The toolbox aims to help countries develop a proactive approach to prevent and…

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