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As India hosts desertification meet, 30% of its land is already degraded

Over 600 million people risk the impact of climate change in India and if land degradation is not addressed, the problem could get more acute

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Even as it prepares to host a global conference on rising desertification, India faces a growing crisis of land degradation: Nearly 30% of its land area, as much as the area of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra put together, has been degraded through deforestation, over-cultivation, soil erosion and depletion of wetlands.
 
This land loss is not only whittling away India’s gross domestic product by 2.5% every year and affecting its crop yield, but also exacerbating climate change events in the country which, in turn, are causing even greater degradation, as we discuss later.
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First Published: Sep 02 2019 | 8:52 AM IST

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