30% of India's lands are fast degrading.
A land is considered degraded when there is loss in productivity, biodiversity or economic value. This can be caused by climate (droughts, floods etc.) or human-induced factors (industrialisation, change in land-use etc.)
More than half of the degraded land is either agricultural land or designated forest lands. This degradation weakens our first line of defence against a rapidly changing climate.
MTPL works with 12,437 small & discrete parcels of degraded land owned by 12,002 farmers and reforested it between the years 2001 and 2007. With the reforestation activity, the farmers are able to generate some income from their barren land through sale of harvested timber.
Majority of the land is in Odisha (83%). The rest is divided between Andhra Pradesh (14%) and Chhattisgarh (3%).