For the first time ever India is hosting the 14th session of Conference of Parties (COP-14) of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) , to address the issue of land degradation and desertification.
- The 14th session of the Conference of Parties (COP) of UNCCD was held from 2nd September in Greater Noida, India.
- It will be a 12-day conference to discuss expertise in combating desertification, which is directly affecting 250 million people and a third of the earth’s land surface.
- ‘Reversing land degradation and its outcomes’ is the main agenda of the COP14, as it is estimated that about one-third of the world’s land is degraded and India accounts for 29%.
- UNCCD was established in 1994 and works towards sustainable land management for linking issues of environmental & development to land agenda.
- The UNCCD agreements are legally binding on the 196 member countries.
- India had committed to restoring 13 million hectares of degraded/deforested land by 2020, and an additional 8 million hectares by 2030 in the previous edition of the COP.