UNCCD COP15: Combating Desertification; Caring for Land

India is participating in the Conference of Parties (COP) 15th meeting of the United Nations Convention on Combating Desertification (UNCCD COP15). The Indian delegation led by Union Minister for Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, is representing India at Abidjan, Cote D Ivoire

Utility: UPSC, JPSC, BPSC Prelims & Mains
Section: Environment & Ecology / Conservation Attempts / International efforts

Background: COP 14

  • India hosted the fourteenth session of the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in New Delhi.
  • At COP 14, India announced to raise the total area that would be restored from its land degradation status, from twenty-one million hectares to twenty-six million hectares between now and 2030.
  • The emphasis will be given to the degraded agricultural, forest, and other wastelands by adopting a landscape restoration approach.
  • In another significant development during India’s presidency, G-20 leaders recognized the importance of combating land degradation.
  • An aspirational goal to collectively plant 1 trillion trees by 2030 was put up by the G20 countries.

About COP 15

  • The fifteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) of the UNCCD is being held at Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
  • The theme of COP15 is, ‘Land. Life. Legacy: From scarcity to prosperity.
  • COP15 will bring together leaders from governments, the private sector, civil society, and other key stakeholders worldwide.
  • COP15 is aimed at driving progress in the future sustainable management of one of our most precious commodities: land. ​
  • India is the current president of the UNCCD
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