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India to Restore 50 Lakh Hectares of Land Affected by Desertification in Next 10 Years

India is facing a huge challenge as 29 per cent of its land surface was degraded

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The process involves a scientific approach and techniques, Javadekar said. Pixabay

India has set a target to restore in the next 10 years 50 lakh hectares of land affected by desertification or degradation, Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar announced on Tuesday.

“The process will be carried out by adopting the landscape restoration approach, which is crucial to converting the infertile land to fertile. The process involves a scientific approach and techniques,” Javadekar said.

India is facing a huge challenge as 29 per cent of its land surface was degraded. This translated to 960 hectares of the country’s geography. “We have to make this land fertile,” he said.

He said land degradation or desertification was caused due to overexploitation, overgrazing, water logging and removal of topsoil by winds or floods.

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India has set a target to restore in the next 10 years 50 lakh hectares of land affected by desertification or degradation, Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar announced on Tuesday. Pixabay

India is hosting Conference of Parties (COP) 14 of United Nations convention from September 2 to 13 to combat desertification.

The Minister pointed out that the conference was crucial as one-third of the world’s land area was either affected by desertification or was degraded.

Addressing a press conference ahead of the event, he added that the country would implement the resolutions adopted at the New Delhi Declaration.

A centre of excellence to combat the desertification of the fertile land will be created at the Forest Research Institute, Dehradun.

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“This Centre will conduct the baseline mapping, mapping of the existing schemes and programmes, setting priorities and achieving transformative projects. The Centre will help the world by conducting research and promote learning of best practices among the nations.”

Javadekar said that on September 9 and 10 the New Delhi Declaration would be signed.

“The country will steer the world in the right direction by taking cooperation from all countries. Over 200 countries and 3,000 delegates have confirmed their participation,” he said.

The 12-day convention will see the participation of officials from the United Nations, experts and several non-governmental organisations.

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The process will be carried out by adopting the landscape restoration approach, which is crucial to converting the infertile land to fertile. Pixabay

Elaborating on some of the topics to be discussed, an official said the connection between the land pockets and gender will be deliberated upon.

“Land rights have predominantly been available with male members. It would be interesting to deliberate that the women could play a vital role in nurturing their land pockets like their children and the importance of providing and ownership of agrarian land to them,” he said.

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The convention will also deliberate on finding a solution to lessen the impact of natural events such as climate change on land degradation and how the world community can take up the technology and funds transfer to help countries in need, another official said. (IANS)

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84% Indians Hope to Retain Their Jobs Despite Automation: WEF

Indians see automation, but hopeful of keeping jobs

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Although majority of Indians think their jobs would be automated in the next 10 years, 84 per cent hope to retain their jobs. (Representational Image) Pixabay

Although majority of Indians think their jobs would be automated in the next 10 years, 84 per cent hope to retain their jobs, supported by their skills, according to a report by World Economic Forum (WEF) and Ipsos.

India tops the list in terms of expectation of jobs automation, as around 71 per cent respondents expect their jobs to be automated. Saudi Arabia comes second with 56 per cent respondents expecting jobs getting automated, and in China 55 per cent respondents feel the same.

“Interestingly, 84 per cent of urban Indians polled are confident of keeping their jobs, using the skills they possess. The survey also shows across all markets, Indians are most confident, followed by the Netherlands (83 per cent) and the US (82 per cent),” the report said.

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Indians realise while automation is likely they know it will act as an enabler to improve efficiencies in deliverability. Pixabay

The markets least confident of holding onto their jobs in the face of automation, include Japan (23 per cent), South Korea (33 per cent) and Russia (50 per cent).

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Commenting on the survey, Parijat Chakraborty of Ipsos India said, “Indian job market is hierarchy driven, promotions are skills and performance-led. Indians realise while automation is likely they know it will act as an enabler to improve efficiencies in deliverability; human intellect, skill-sets and capital will still be needed to get the job done.” (IANS)