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India to host UN conference on land degradation, desertification

India is set to host the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP) from September 02 to 13, confirmed Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar.

The global conference will be hosted at India Expo Mart Limited in Greater Noida. As many as 197 countries are expected to participate in the conference.


"The 14th session of COP will stress on three crucial issues -- desertification, land degradation and drought," Javadekar said while addressing the media persons.
"Due to the extreme weather conditions in the country, India had launched 'soil health card' which has benefitted as many as 14 crore farmers," Javadekar added.

Ahead of COP-14, Minister also launched "Bonn Challenge", a maiden project to lay emphasis on India's capacity for forest landscape restoration. The 3.5 years maiden phase will be implemented in the States of Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, and Karnataka.

Prakash Javadekar said that Drought is a real problem in India as 60 per cent of its agriculture is entirely dependent on monsoon because of no irrigation facility and urged people to make efficient use of water to save land from degradation.

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