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Latest version of Desertification and Land Degradation Atlas of India released

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    19th Jun, 2021


The latest version of ‘Desertification and Land Degradation Atlas of India’ has been released on Desertification and Drought day (17th June).

  • It was conducted by the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change.
  • The event also observed the release of the Coffee Table Book “India Hosting UNCCD-COP 14”.

About the Atlas

  • The atlas is published by Space Application Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad.
  • The Atlas provides the state-wise area of degraded lands for the time frame 2018-19.
  • It also provides the change analysis for the duration of 15 years, from 2003-05 to 2018-19.
  • It will help strengthen the envisaged National Action Plan for achieving land restoration targets.


  • India hosted the 14th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in September 2019.
  • India’s position: India is striving towards achieving the national commitments of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and restoration of 26 Million ha of degraded land by 2030 which focus on sustainable and optimum utilization of land resources.