PM delivers keynote address at the UN 'High-Level Dialogue on Desertification, Land degradation and Drought'

  • Published
    17th Jun, 2021

GS-III: Environment

  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
Context

Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a keynote address at the UN “High-Level Dialogue on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought”. Important things highlighted during the address are:

  • India is on track to achieve its national commitment of land degradation neutrality.
  • In India, over the last 10 years, around 3 million hectares of forest cover has been added.
  • The country is also working towards restoring 26 million hectares of degraded land by 2030.
  • The Delhi Declaration of 2019 called for better access and stewardship over land, and emphasised gender-sensitive transformative projects.

Prelims question:

Consider the following statements regarding the Great Green Wall initiative:

  1. Its aims to restore Africa’s degraded landscapes and transform millions of lives in one of the world’s poorest regions, the Sahara desert.
  2. It was launched in 2007 by the African Union.
  3. Once complete, the Wall will be the largest living structure on the Earth.

Which of the above statements are correct?

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.
  • D.

Mains Question:

Nature conservation and economic stimulus packages in a post-Covid world should not be seen as opposing goals, but rather as a long-term vision for society, leading to strengthening of their economic resilience. Discuss.(150 words)

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