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India strives to restore 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030: PM Modi at UN

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June 14, 2021 8:17 PM STI

New Delhi [India], June 14 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday stressed that land degradation poses a special challenge to the developing world and that it is the world’s sacred duty to leave a healthy planet for future generations.
Addressing the “United Nations High Level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought,” he said India was working to restore 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030.
The Prime Minister addressed the opening segment in his capacity as President of the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
“Land degradation poses a particular challenge to the developing world. In the spirit of South-South cooperation, India is helping other developing countries to develop land restoration strategies. A center of excellence is being set up in India to promote a scientific approach to land degradation problems, ”the Prime Minister said.
“It is the collective responsibility of humanity to reverse the damage caused to the earth by human activity. It is our sacred duty to leave a healthy planet for our future generations. For this good and ours, I offer my best wishes for productive deliberations at this High-Level Dialogue, ”he added.
Prime Minister Modi stressed that India has always attached importance to land and has taken the initiative to highlight land degradation issues in international forums. He also recalled the “Delhi Declaration” in 2019 which called for better access and better management of land and emphasized gender-sensitive transformation projects.
“We are on track to meet our national commitment to land degradation neutrality. We are also working to restore 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030. This would contribute to India’s commitment to achieve an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonnes of carbon. carbon dioxide equivalent, ”he said.
He also pointed out that India has adopted new approaches in many areas, such as the Banni region in the Rann of Kutch, where land restoration has been carried out by developing grasslands, thus helping to achieve neutrality in matters. land degradation. He called for the development of effective strategies for land restoration while promoting indigenous techniques.
“We believe that land restoration can start a cycle for good soil health, increased land productivity, food security and improved livelihoods,” he said.
According to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, globally one-fifth of the land area – over 2 billion hectares – is degraded, including more than half of all agricultural land.
Each year, more than 12 million hectares of land are lost due to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD). The world loses 24 billion tonnes of fertile soil every year due to the degradation of drylands, with significant negative impacts on food production and economic activity, he said.
The High-Level Dialogue was organized by the President of the General Assembly in accordance with United Nations General Assembly resolution 75/218 of December 21, 2020 entitled “Implementation of the United Nations Convention on Combating desertification in countries suffering from severe droughts and / or Desertification, in particular in Africa “.
The High-Level Dialogue will assess progress made in combating desertification, land degradation and drought and chart the way forward towards the end of the United Nations Decade for Deserts and to Combat Desertification, and the start of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. (ANI)

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