On Sunday, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar at a bilateral meeting with China said tackling the global threat of land desertification has to be a people’s movement. The term “desertification” means a process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture.

The meeting was held ahead of a scheduled high-level 14th Conference of Parties (COP14) to United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) that is scheduled to be inaugurated by PM Modi on Monday. 

While addressing the meeting, Prakash Javadekar said, “We want to tackle the problems scientifically and therefore we are using ultra-modern technologies with the cooperation of others because ultimately desertification has to be a people’s movement.” 

“India is also making positive progress in its actions on climate change,” he added. Mr. Javadekar widely discussed the government’s various attempts to afforestation and focused on the recent distribution of CAMPA funds to various states. 

India and China, during the meeting, discussed the threat of land desertification in detail and explored opportunities for mutual cooperation in the area of combating the malady within the UNCCD framework.

Several other leaders including Minister of Chinese Embassy in India L I Bijian, UNCCD Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw, and Myanmar’s Union Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Ohn Win also attended the meeting. 

The UNCCD COP14 began on September 2 and is being hosted by India and it will be continued up to September 13. On Opening Day, Prakash Javadekar said that he is expecting good results and that will be notified in the Delhi Declaration. 

Being an international agreement on good land stewardship, the UNCCD aims to help people, communities, and countries to build wealth, grow economies and secure enough food, water, and energy.

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