Solutions Database

Solutions Database

This database compiles companies, research institutions, and other solution providers from across the world who can provide the technical expertise to help your city develop more sustainably. Oftentimes cities may wish to carry out sustainable projects, but lack specific knowledge or capacity. The listed solution providers have experience in supporting cities and regions to achieve their sustainability goals.

Solution providers can add their solutions by clicking here. All submitted solutions are subject to approval.  

(Please note: inclusion on the list does not denote endorsement from the IUC programme.) 


Solution Information

Solution Title

Mitigating the Health Effects of Desert Dust Storms Using Exposure-Reduction Approaches

Solution Title (in English)


Climate change adaptation, protection from pollutant agents, decision making support


Public health


The demonstration project “MEDEA” aimsto provide the field-based evidence for the adoption of a strategic plan for mitigating the health effects of desert dust storm (DDS) events in South-Eastern Europe. Over the past decade, several studies have demonstrated that DDS in Mediterranean countries, originating mostly from the Sahara and Arabian Peninsula deserts, have been increasing in number and magnitude and linked it to desertification, climatic variability and global warming. EU legislation considers DDS impossible to prevent, implicitly harmless and discounts their contribution to daily and annual air quality standards of particulate matter up to 10 microns (PM10). However, there is increasing evidence from epidemiological studies which correlates exposure to PM10 during DDS with a significant increase in mortality and hospital admissions from cardiovascular and respiratory causes. Therefore, there is a pressing need for EU policies to reduce population exposures and increase individual, population and institutional resilience to the growing frequency and intensity of DDS. More info on technological outputs on the project website:
SDGs and Topics

Sustainable Development Goals


Air quality
Climate adaptation
Education, jobs and skills in the local economy
Solution Provider

Provider Name

University of Cyprus

Legal Form

Size (Employees)


Kallipoleos 75, 1678




Republic of Cyprus


Additional Information

Corporate Social Responsibility

Management System Certifications

Research and Development Activities

Information for B2C


Reference Projects