30% of India's lands are fast degrading.
Land degradation is defined as a decline in productivity of the land, in terms of biodiversity or economic value. This can be caused by climate (droughts, floods etc.) or human-induced factors (urbanisation, industrialisation, change in land-use etc.)
More than half of the degraded land is rain-fed agricultural land or designated forest lands. This degradation weakens our first line of defence against a rapidly changing climate and increases food security risks for a burgeoning population.