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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    Yearender 2020

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    Jewar international airport: Gender impacts of impending displacement

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    Twenty five lakh hectares of land to be brought under organic farming in five years; government to certify traditionally organic areas

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    The RFCTLARR Act, 2013: Are the outcomes fair?

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    वेटलैंड्स: एक बहुमूल्य प्राकृतिक सम्पदा

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वेटलैंड्स: एक बहुमूल्य प्राकृतिक सम्पदा

Ms Vaishnavi Barthwal

आज वर्ल्ड वेटलैंड्स डे है। दुर्लभ, लुप्तप्राय प्रजातियों, बाढ़ नियंत्रण, जलवायु परिवर्तन के प्रभाव को कम करने में वेटलैंड्स का बड़ा महत्व है लेकिन बढ़ते शहरीकरण, बाँध निर्माण, जलाशयों में अपशिष्ट के प्रवाह के कारण ये वेटलैंड नष्ट हो रहे हैं।

The RFCTLARR Act, 2013: Are the outcomes fair?

Dr Preeti Jain Das

The land acquisition regime created by The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RFCTLARR) Act, 2013 seeks to make the affected persons partners in development leading to an improvement in their social and economic conditions. Six years since its enactment, it is worthwhile to critique the Act and the implementation practices with respect to the livelihood-dependent families and women.

World Environment Day 2020: Cultivating biodiversity one backyard at a time

Mr Dhawal Trivedi

Acknowledging our interconnectedness to biodiversity might help in preventing climate-induced disasters and pandemics in the future.

India's forests and biodiversity can rescue migrants returning home in distress

TERI Web Desk

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as millions of migrants head home, without any promise of livelihood, India's forestry and biodiversity resources can offer a ray of hope. There are solutions and mechanisms in place, but they need to be implemented with conviction. Dr. JV Sharma, Director, Land Resources Division, TERI, explains.

जेवर अंतर्राष्ट्रीय हवाई अड्डा: महिलाओं पर विस्थापन के प्रभाव

Dr Preeti Jain Das
Ms Ankita

प्रस्तावित अंतर्राष्ट्रीय हवाई अड्डे के लिए भूमि अधिग्रहण के बाद एक नई जगह पर विस्थापन और पुनर्वास पर महिलाओं की धारणा को समझने के लिए टेरी का एक अध्ययन ।

Jewar International Airport: Suggestions for rehabilitation and resettlement of the project-affected families

Dr Preeti Jain Das
Ms Ankita

The work of the first phase of the Noida international airport has commenced in January 2020 after the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration obtained possession of 1239 hectares of land acquired under The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act (RFCTLARR), 2013 from six villages in Jewar tehsil - Rohi, Dayanatpur, Kishorpur, Parohi, Ranhera and Banwari Bas.


TERI-NMEPS: Online Wetlands Quiz

January 18, 2021
to January 26, 2021

Wetlands are highly productive and important ecosystems that help in sustaining the environment and humans. However, anthropogenic pressures are posing a grave threat to these ecosystems. To mark the importance of wetlands globally, World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year, as an effort to raise awareness and promote conservation efforts, particularly at the community level.

Climate Change Mitigation: Role of Forests within the Clean Development Mechanism Framework

November 10, 2020
to November 11, 2020

TERI is organising a two-day online training workshop for Indian Forest Service officers, nominated by MoEFCC, to discuss the theory and concepts of CDM in India.

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Webinar on Estimation of the current emissions and sequestration potential of different land-use sectors to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality in India

July 22, 2020
to July 22, 2020

India aims to restore an additional five million hectares of degraded land by 2030, raising the total land to be restored in India to 26 million hectares.

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.


Will India attain its forestry NDC target of achieving 2.5–3 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent through additional forest and tree cover by 2030?

February 11, 2021

India's performance on achieving its NDC has been progressive and impressive. To achieve the additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonne, India needs to almost double its forest cover. A holistic approach with balanced political, financial, legal and institutional efforts are much needed. It needs to sustain the momentum of increasing its energy efficiency along with a high rate of afforestation to achieve the 2030 NDC targets.

Innovative financial mechanisms to achieve additional 2.5–3.0 billion tonne of CO2e through additional forest and tree cover in India by 2030

February 11, 2021
A substantial financial allocation to the tune of around 60,000 crore per annum will be required for SFM. A financial gap of 48,744 crore needs to be filled to achieve NDCs target by adopting innovative financial mechanism such as Deployment of LPG Connection to the Forest-Dependent Community, Implementing MSP Scheme for Agroforestry and by Formulating Carbon Neutrality Policy at National Level

Scope and potential of coastal ecosystem towards mitigating climate change

February 11, 2021
The coastal ecosystems — Mangroves, Sea grasses, and Tidal marshes — commonly referred to as blue carbon ecosystems store half the "blue" carbon buried beneath the ocean floor. The carbon that is stored in the coastal ecosystems remain trapped for very long periods of time and thus resulting in very large carbon stock. The carbon stock in these ecosystems and the existing or potential carbon emissions must be quantified. Mangroves are fairly well mapped, large areas containing seagrass meadows are largely surveyed but areas of tidal salt

Designing the methodology to establish minimum support prices of trees grown outside forests

February 11, 2021
Agroforestry can contribute more than 2 billion tons of CO2e by 2030 if government provides them Minimum Support Price (MSP) of timber produced by farmer. Minimum Support Price will provide a social safety net to farmers by taking care of the economic interest of the farmer in case of the market failure of the respective agroforestry species and will motivate farmers for planting more species under agroforestry.

Baseline and quantification of sequestration of 2.5–3 billion tonne of CO2e by 2030

February 11, 2021
The policy brief focuses on analysing gaps and challenges, target setting to achieve the forest carbon sink by 2030 as well as various other issues related to achieving the target such as Forecasting Financial resources, Analyzing the Institutional Framework, Strengthening Agroforestry, Policy interventions, Sustainable Forest Management. 2015 has been suggested to be selected as the baseline year rather than 2005, as many technological and methodological upgradations have taken place in various spheres.

Estimation of the current emission and sequestration, as well as future potential of sequestration/emission reduction to achieve land degradation neutrality in India

February 11, 2021
The policy brief focuses on analyze the emission, status of sequestration, emission reduction as well as the future potential of sequestration of different land use sectors in India. Five land use sectors have been identified for the study viz.



Area Convener, Centre for Sustainable Land Management