Illegal encroachments, untreated sewage inlets, garbage dumping, land reclamation, infrastructure and development projects have degraded more than 85% of these water bodies in Chennai over the last three decades.
Following the discussions at the UNCCD COP14 last month in New Delhi, steps now need to be taken urgently to implement those insights on land degradation, drought management, and sustainable agriculture.
It was discussed at the convention, which started earlier this week, that soil aridity was a problem the world is battling.
India is hosting the COP 14 where they will come up with a 'Delhi Declaration' to combat desertification.
Pollution & land degradation due to brick kilns causes higher morbidity due to respiratory/other illnesses.
The report finds that there's no way to stay within 2℃ warming without a significant drop in land-based emissions
An analysis by TERI suggested that land degradation in India will cause an economic loss of 2.5 percent of GDP.
India and India together account for one-third of the greening of Earth, says NASA.
India lost 2.5% of GDP in 2014-15 to land degradation; area affected equivalent to Rajasthan, MP, Maharashtra put together
The annual economic loss due to land degradation and change in land use in India was valued at Rs 3.17 lakh crore in 2014-15 — 2.5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014-15.
Environment minister Harsh Vardhan said that the Narendra Modi government "is committed to achieve land degradation neutrality by the year 2030"