India is working to restore 26 million (2.6 crores) hectares of degraded land by 2030, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said as he pledged to help developing countries implement land restoration strategies at a high-level United Nations dialogue on June 15, 2021.
He also said that if land degradation is left unchecked today, it will destroy the foundation of societies, economies, food security, health, safety, and life.
“Therefore, we have to reduce the tremendous pressure on land and its resources. Clearly, a lot of work lies ahead of us. But we can do it. We can do it together,” he said.
PM Modi made these remarks while addressing the UN “High-Level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought” at the United Nations (UN).
In India, over the last 10 years, around three million (30 lakh) hectares of forest cover had been added. This has enhanced the combined forest cover to almost one-fourth of the country’s total area,” the prime minister said.
“We are on track to achieve our national commitment of land degradation neutrality. We are also working towards restoring 26 million (2.6 crore) hectares of degraded land by 2030,” the prime minister said.