Tuesday, February 28, 2017

By 2010, 38% of India's land was degraded. Are we missing out on some important causes?

Just read a DTE coverage of the 'National Conference on India's Soils: Science - Policy - Practice: Interfaces for Sustainable Futures' held at IIT Delhi.  The Conference, as reported by DTE, has rightly diagnosed and discussed some important causes of land degradation in India and has talked about degradation of natural resources, overuse of chemical fertilizers, etc.  However, I could not find a mention of role of local climate change triggers such as Thermal Power Plants, extractive industrialization that drain out our water resources, and the combined effect of Desertification.  These are some issues we have been harping at.  Or may be the Conference debated all that but details are not out yet.  Will wait for more details.

I must say, it's a good initiative by the organisers and we need to have more such dialogues that also suggest alternative and remedial measures as the Conference seems to have suggested some.

Find more on it at: http://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/government-policies-must-build-capacity-of-soils-not-promote-agrochemicals-experts-57246

Thanks and regards,

Ranjan Panda

Convenor, Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO)
Convenor, Combat Climate Change Network, India
Mahanadi River Waterkeeper (Member, Global Waterkeeper Alliance, New York)

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