India to restore 21 million hectares of degraded land

Delhi,  (Prensa Latina) Two months before the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP 14) Summit, Sept. 2-13, India announced it will restore 21 million hectares of degraded land. India”s initiative is part of the Convention”s goal of achieving neutrality of land degradation worldwide by 2030, and this can only be achieved through sustainable management, combating drought and restoring forests.

The Indian Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, has launched a project on forest landscape restoration as part of the so-called Bonn Challenge, a global effort to restore degraded lands.

According to the Minister, a 3.5-year pilot phase will be implemented in Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland and Karnataka, and the project will eventually be extended to the rest of the country.