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The edge of crisis: sand and dust storm

The Barcelona Dust Forecast Center has participated in "The edge of crisis: Sand and Dust Storm" a side event held on 16 September in Ankara (Turkey) in the framework of the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

In this Conference, leaders of 195 countries are working to seek solutions to issues related to desertification, land degradation and drought. It has been highlighted that droughts cause the death and displacement of more people than cyclones, floods and earthquakes combined, and yet effective drought management policies are missing in most parts of the world.

The edge of crisis: Sand and Dust Storm was aimed to identify actions that the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and its partners must take to reduce the frequency of the phenomenon and to mitigate its adverse effects on air quality, human health, and land and marine ecosystems.

It was stressed the need for a global assessment on the extent, frequency and impact of sand and dust storms, as well as future trends associated to climate change and land use. Both World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) agreed to lead the study, which will also involve the Barcelona Dust Forecast Center.

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