Covid has worsened the fight against global warming: Bhupender Yadav

Union Environment, Forestry and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav said on Tuesday that the Covid-19 pandemic had “compounded the challenge of tackling global warming” as economic pressures delayed the progress of climate action around the world.

Addressing the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Conference to Combat Desertification at its 15th session in Cote d’Ivoire, Yadav, who is also the COP President, said India had made significant progress in its commitment to restore 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030, adding that major initiatives have been launched and existing programs strengthened to achieve land degradation neutrality targets. “Over 229 million soil health cards were issued to farmers between 2015 and 2019 and this program resulted in an 8-10% drop in chemical fertilizer use and also increased productivity by 5-6 %”, did he declare.

He added that following the global call for nominations for Global Restoration Lighthouses, India has approved six Restoration Lighthouses which aim to restore 12.5 million hectares of land. degraded.

“India’s rural livelihood programs have an underlying philosophy of conserving and restoring natural resources. As we recover from the pandemic, we have used our livelihoods programs extensively to work on land restoration. Building better and greener communities, especially for vulnerable groups, will need to be at the heart of the restoration agenda,” he added.

Teresa H. Sadler