Today, about 30% of the Earth's land is estimated to be already degraded due to unsustainable use. This further leads to the risk of millions of people being displaced by desertification over the coming decades. We focus on policy and technology solutions that prevent land degradation, restore and further enrich the quality of land, thereby improving livelihoods of people.



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    Mountains Shall Stand Tall

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    India prepares to host UN conference to curb land degradation

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    TERI Coastal Education Hub

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    Case Study

    Losing the benefits of forests to degradation?

    The study examines the value of Uttarakhand's forests to local communities and to tourists

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    Press Release

    TERI recommends action points to reverse land degradation in India

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Mountains Shall Stand Tall

The World Mountain Forum held in Bishkek last year met on the theme, 'Mountains in a Changing World: Strengthening Partnerships and Pathways towards a Thriving Mountain Future'. It brought together the global sustainable mountain development community to identify and develop solutions for mountain areas globally.

Right to livelihood and social impact assessment in land acquisition

Dr Preeti Jain Das

The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, aims to address the long standing popular discontent over perceived arbitrariness of State action in land acquisition matters by creating an elaborate scheme of engagement with affected communities by incorporating the provision of social impact assessment.

Reversing land degradation in India

Mr S Vijay Kumar

Nearly one-third of area in India faces the threat of land degradation. India strives to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality by 2030.

Land Acquisition Act, 2013 is progressive but much remains to be done to ensure beneficial outcomes for all stakeholders

Dr Preeti Jain Das
Social impact assessment, land record maintenance, gender security, and financial guidance to affected families are core issues that need attention

सामाजिक प्रभाव आकलन : क्या हम इसकी अनदेखी कर सकते हैं?

Dr Preeti Jain Das

भूमि अधिग्रहण को सुचारू बनाने के लिए एसआईए के तहत परामर्शदायी समझौता वार्ता महत्वपूर्ण प्रक्रिया है

Social Impact Assessment: can we do away with it?

Dr Preeti Jain Das

On 10th December 2018, the Supreme Court issued notices to the governments of Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu to respond to public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a group of activists led by Medha Patekar challenging the wide-ranging amendments made to The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RFCTLARR) Act, 2013.


Consultation workshop on Promoting sustainability: Gender perspective

September 18, 2019
to September 18, 2019

Issues and Challenges faced by Women in Agriculture and Allied Livelihoods


Preserve natural resources, promote farming

March 1, 2018
| Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sarma
| The Tribune

Tackling the agrarian crisis from its roots necessitates attention to the important aspect of the neglect and degradation of natural resources, the natural capital that underlies all agriculture production systems.


Carbon finance: Solution for mitigating human–wildlife conflict in and around critical tiger habitats of India

January 29, 2020

Human-wildlife conflict is a critical issue in and around tiger reserves of India, our project identifies the ways to generate additional revenue using carbon finance as a tool to mitigate the issue of conflict. The study was conducted in Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR), India and identified that the value of carbon sequestration potential of the forests was estimated at 1.11 billion which is 11% of the total economic value of DTR. The value arising from the other ecosystem services provided by the forests was estimated at 9.46 billion which is 89% of the total economic value of DTR.