India’s food security is at stake due to the rising land desertification, and the situation needs immediate contingency plans, feels the central government of India. In this direction, the Modi administration is envisioning a “Land Degradation Neutral India” by 2030.
The plan’s objective is to reduce land degradation due to desertification and improving land resources by sustained management of soil, water and biodiversity. “In India, we are facing the problem of degradation of land, desertification of the land and creation of wasteland. All these are major challenges as it impacts the livelihood. As the Modi Government has decided that the poverty eradication is the main objective of this government, to that end we must make the country degradation neutral by 2030,” announced Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar at a meeting held in Delhi on “World Day to Combat Desertification”.
The environment ministry will coordinate with ministries of agriculture, rural development, water resources and other ministries in this ambitious program originally proposed in the UN Conference on sustainable development (Rio+20). ‘Land Belongs to the Future, Let’s Climate Proof It’ was the thematic slogan of the present Delhi program.
Minister Javdekar also spoke on the controversial carbon emissions and India’s stance on the issue. “We have to reduce our carbon emissions. But I have not created the carbon emisssion problems, which have been done by others. But I am not into any blame game. The issue is that I have a right to grow. India and developing countries have right to grow. These are the emerging economies,” the Minister said.
The minister has also gone deeper in to the issue and explained the primary need of a developing country like India – “unless we tackle poverty, unless we eradicate poverty, we cannot really address the climate change. To that end, we need to grow. Our net emission may increase,” declared Javdekar.