Desertification & Land Degradation Atlas of India
For generating awareness towards preventing and restoring land degradation for healthier and sustainable ecosystems, the Desertification and Drought day (17th June) was commemorated by the Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, with an aim to generate large scale awareness towards understanding the key role of land in all environmental and economic concerns that world, as well as India is facing now-a days.
Government releases Desertification & Land Degradation Atlas of India
Important points are as below:
- The Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Babul Supriyo released the latest version of “Desertification and Land Degradation Atlas of India.
- It has been published by Space Application Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad.
- The Atlas provides state wise area of degraded lands for the time frame 2018-19. It also provides the change analysis for the duration of 15 years, from 2003-05 to 2018-19.
- According to concerned ministry, it will also be helpful in strengthening the envisaged National Action Plan for achieving land restoration targets by providing important baseline and temporal data and technical inputs.
- The event also observed release of Coffee Table Book “India Hosting UNCCD-COP 14” and a short film on UNCCD-COP 14. The commemoration of this event encourages individuals and groups to take initiatives that can keep the land healthy and productive.
India is already striving towards achieving the national commitments of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and restoration of 26 Million hectare of degraded land by 2030 which focus on sustainable and optimum utilization of land resources.
India has been at the forefront of bringing the issue of land degradation to the core of relevant international alliances for protection and conservation of environment.
Therefore, the government of India has adopted collective approach for making progress towards achieving the national commitments related to land restoration.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Question)
Desertification and Drought day is celebrated on?
Who is the minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change in India?
Shri Babul Supriyo
What are the objectives of releasing Desertification & Land Degradation Atlas of India?
To generate large scale awareness towards understanding the key role of land in all environmental and economic concerns.
What is Land degradation?
It is a process in which the biophysical environment is badly affected by combination of human-induced processes acting upon the land which is deleterious or undesirable. It is also the gradual destruction or reduction of the quality and quantity of human activities, animal’s activities or natural means. For example, water causes soil erosion.
What is Desertification?
It is the process of transformation of fertile irrigated lands into dry dead desert with loss of fertility and vegetation.