India’s pastoralists, with their deep knowledge of ecosystems, have much to offer conservationists

This Article First Appeared In The Scroll On Dec 12, 2022

According to the Global Land Outlook report by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, food systems are responsible for 80% of the world’s deforestation and 29% of greenhouse gas emissions. In agricultural land-use, 80% is used to raise livestock, including pasture-fed organic livestock. Reducing livestock production, thus, is considered the logical first step towards protecting nature.

Land-use is seen as core to the twin challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss. After the failure of the decade-old plan by the United Nations to stop catastrophic biodiversity loss under the Aichi Targets, a new global biodiversity framework is set to be adapted at COP15, the Biodiversity Conference that began on December 7.

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