06 November, 2019
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Syllabus subtopic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
News: Ministry of rural development ( MHRD) releases fifth edition of Wasteland Atlas. The last edition was published in 2011
Prelims focus: Key findings
Mains focus: About wastelands- causes, concerns and how to improve them.
What is new in this year’s atlas?
Department of land resources in collaboration with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Department of Space has published Wastelands Atlases of India – 2000, 2005, 2010 & 2011 editions.
Significance of the atlas:
Unprecedented pressure on the land beyond its carrying capacity is resulting into degradation of lands in the country. Therefore, robust geospatial information on wastelands assumes significance and effectively helpful in rolling back the wastelands for productive use through various land development programmes/schemes.
Source: The Economic Times
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