FAO Sand and Dust Storms: a transboundary issue of growing concern

Sand and Dust Storms (SDS) are closely linked to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)’s work on food security and nutrition, sustainable natural resource management, climate change and resilience. Sustainable land and water use and management practices in the cropping, livestock and forestry sectors offer strategic entry points for both SDS source and impact mitigation. Equally key are integrated landscape management, land use planning and disaster risk reduction (DRR). FAO has a strong technical focus on thematic areas that are key for SDS, such as working desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) and DRR. Combating SDS assists countries in enhancing food security and strengthening resilience to risks, as well as enhancing the livelihoods and well-being of rural people. For these reasons, FAO has acted as chair of the UN Coalition on Combating Sand and Dust Storms in the period 2020-2022.

Barcelona Dust Regional Center