Desertification and Land Degradation Atlas
Desertification & Land Degradation Atlas
- It is an ISRO-led study and was commissioned by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change.
- The Atlas was made by studying satellite imageries of India over an eight-year period and was released in June 2016 by ISRO Space Applications Centre (SAC).
- It presents state-wise desertification and land degradation status maps depicting land use, process of degradation and severity level.
- It mentions that around 30 percent (or 29.32% to be precise) of the total land area of the country is undergoing degradation.
- Only nine states constitute 24 percent of the degradation (Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana.
- The degraded area has increased over 0.5 percent from 2003-05 to 2011-13 period.
- This information is for the years 2011-13.
- The outputs are helpful in prioritizing areas to be taken up for minimizing the impact of desertification and land degradation.
- This finding poses a threat to India’s commitment to the UNCCD of eliminating land degradation completely by 2030.
- The atlas would form a part of India’s action plan to completely stop the phenomenon.
- It will also act as India’s status report to the convention.
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