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  • Ahmed Saleh

Center actively joins MENA Climate Week with global environmental leaders

Jeddah, October 09, 2023, The Sand and Dust Storm Warning Regional Center actively participates in MENA Climate Week 2023, which commenced in Riyadh yesterday, alongside distinguished representatives from international institutions specializing in this field. During this event, the center aims to showcase Saudi Arabia's ambitious initiatives and contributions to combatting climate change.

Collaborating closely with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the center's primary focus lies in addressing the profound challenges posed by dust and sandstorms in the region. These environmental phenomena have far-reaching negative consequences, not only affecting individuals but also disrupting ecosystems. The center will explore effective strategies to confront and mitigate their impact.

The center's involvement in MENA Climate Week underscores the critical role of scientific research, knowledge exchange, and data sharing at both local and regional levels. These efforts are essential in comprehending the far-reaching effects of dust and sandstorms and achieving the broader goals of environmental sustainability. These objectives align with the Middle East Green Initiative and the Saudi Green Initiative, highlighting their significance.

Recent developments have seen the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) granting accreditation to the Sand and Dust Storm Warning Regional Center. Moreover, it has been granted full membership in the Global Sand and Dust Storm Warning Advisory and Assessment System (SDS-WAS) Steering Committee, where it represents the Gulf Cooperation Council countries' regional unit.

The Sand and Dust Storm Warning Regional Center plays a crucial role in safeguarding the environment against natural hazards by continuously monitoring dust and sand phenomena within the Kingdom. By providing early warnings about impending storms, the center empowers individuals and communities to take proactive measures to mitigate their impact and protect both lives and ecosystems.

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