Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that land degradation affected two-thirds of the world. He warned the world that it would undermine the foundations of societies, economies, food security, health and quality of life and security if it is not taken care of. PM Modi said that in India we have always given importance to the land and consider the holy earth as our mother.
PM Modi said these things in his address to the United Nations (UN) on high-level dialogue on desertification, land degradation and drought through digital medium. He addressed the preparatory session as chair of the 14th session of the United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD). The PM said that land is a fundamental part of life and livelihood and everyone needs to understand it.
The Prime Minister said that it is sad that land degradation has affected two-thirds of the world today. If this is not taken care of, it will undermine the very foundations of our societies, economies, food security, health and quality of life and security. Therefore, we have to reduce the tremendous pressure on the land and its resources, he said. There is still much to be done ahead. Together we can do this.
PM Modi said that land has always been given importance in India and people also consider it as their mother. He said that India has made land degradation an issue in international forums. Modi said that in the last 10 years, India has added 30 lakh hectares of land. This has increased the combined forest area to about 1/4 of the total area of the country. He said that we are on track to achieve our national commitment of land degradation neutrality.
The PM said that we are also working towards restoring 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030. This will contribute to India’s commitment to achieve an additional carbon sink equivalent to 2.5-3 billion tonnes of CO2.
Let us tell you that in this high-level dialogue, the progress made in the efforts made in combating desertification, land degradation and drought is to be assessed. Along with this, a United Nations action plan will also be prepared to fight against desertification and revive the ecosystem.
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