To fight the menace of desertification, India is hosting the United Nations Convention for the first time, which is being held from 2 September in the United Nations Desertification or UNCCD Greater Noida.
Participants include ministers from 196 countries, representatives of national and local governments, city leaders, community groups, scientists, non-governmental organizations, private sector and industry experts and will present and share their expertise and achieve goals Will overview to do. In a 12-day conference.
Desertification is a worldwide problem that directly affects 250 million people and a third of the Earth’s land. To fight this threat, India will convert fertile land of about 50 lakh hectares of land into fertile land in the next 10 years.
Inaugurating the conference, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that COP 14 is expected to yield good results given the large scale participation. “India is committed to active global cooperation. Climate change is a global problem with global impact. Here, in the fall, the problem becomes localized and solutions have to be found locally. But international experience to help different countries Can be shared. ” Mitigation action on climate change, the world would be a better place. We are sure of good results from the coop, ”said Javadekar.
UNCCD Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw said that the conference is going to be the largest with around 8,000 registered participants. “This is the largest COP ever organized by UNCCD. We are really excited as it marks the 25th anniversary of UNCCD.” The land feeds the people. It is very important to keep feeding the world, but what should be done to keep doing this. Unfortunately we have depreciated 25 percent of the land globally which is unusable. Thiav said that we should restore the land using human intelligence and technology.
The UNCCD, established in 1994, is the only legally binding international agreement that links environment and development to sustainable land management. It specifically addresses arid, semi-arid and arid sub-humid regions, known as arid lands, home to some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and people.
The main agenda for COP14 is accelerating positive achievements for the people, as well as reversing land degradation and its consequences for ecosystems with a view to meeting the development goals mandated for the United Nations.
Land degradation, working in tandem with climate change and biodiversity loss, can cause 700 million people to migrate by 2050.
One-third of the world’s land, some four billion hectares, is lowly. In India, the fall has hit 9 hect million hectares, 29.32% of all the land in the country. Almost all countries have resolved to reach net land degradation neutrality by 2030. This means that they have promised to restore as much land as is being degraded.
With India China succeeding in the COP Presidency, experts have an expectation for the process of tackling desertification in Asia.