‘India land degradation neutral by 2030’
Prakash Javadekar: Recognising that India\'s food security was under threat due to fast desertification of land, Narendra Modi government on Tuesday announced an ambitious programme to combat the challenge and make the country \"land degradation neutral\" by 2030.
New Delhi: Recognising that India's food security was under threat due to fast desertification of land, Narendra Modi government on Tuesday announced an ambitious programme to combat the challenge and make the country "land degradation neutral" by 2030.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the objective of the land degradation neutrality is to maintain or improve the condition of land resources through the sustainable management of soil, water and biodiversity. "In India, we are facing the problem of degradation, desertification of the land and creation of wasteland. All these are major challenges as it impacts the livelihood," Javadekar said.
The Minister was speaking as the chief guest on the occasion of "World Day to Combat Desertification" organised by the Environment Ministry and Indian Council for Forestry Research and Education. Land belongs to the Future, Let's Climate Proof it' was the theme of the programme. "Our Govt does things differently. We ll tk People's movement, Ppl's participation in Development & Environment Protection," the Minister tweeted after the programme.
Don't blame us for carbon emissions: India
Meanwhile sending out a signal to the developed world on the issue of climate change, Javadekar said developing countries like it have "a right to grow" and in the process "our net emission may increase." He underlined that the problem of carbon emission has not been created by the developing nations and hence responsibility for addressing it should not be solely put on them.