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Global Land Squeeze

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Growing Competition for Land
When
By 2050
Agriculture land expansion
Twice the size of India
Wood demand increase
Size of the United States
Why
Rising Population
Increased demand for
Food
Feed
Fiber
Fuel
Climate Change
Need to protect and restore land
What
Carbon Harvest Model (CHARM)
Underestimation of climate implications
Four-pronged approach
Produce more on same land
Increase crop and grazing yields
Efficient use of inputs
Protect forests and ecosystems
Linking productivity gains to protection
Reduce demand
Reduce food loss and waste
Shift diets from meat to plant-based
Expanded recycling
Restore habitats
Forests
Native habitats
Where
Global Phenomenon
Who
World Resources Institute (WRI)
Research and strategies
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Climate change insights
How
Technological Progress
Political Will
Pros/Significance
Sustainable Management
Food Security
Climate Mitigation
Biodiversity Preservation
Equitable Rural Development
Cons and/or Challenges
Limited Land Availability
Need for Unprecedented Measures
Way Forward
Integrated Land Management
Nature-Based Solutions
Protect and restore ecosystems
Efficient production
Reduce land-intensive products
India Context
Initiatives of Land Restoration
Bonn Challenge
Restore 350 million hectares by 2030
India's target: 26 million hectares by 2030
G20 Global Initiative
Reducing land degradation
Enhancing conservation
MGNREGS funding
Reversal of land degradation
Best Practices in India
Holiyas
Water management systems in Gujarat
Plantopathy
Nature-based solution for plant diseases
Zero budget natural farming (ZBNF)
Traditional and emerging practices
Organic inputs sourced locally

The Global Land Squeeze refers to the increasing competition for land due to the rising demand for food, wood, and shelter, alongside the need to store carbon and protect biodiversity. With a growing global population, an area twice the size of India is projected to be converted to agriculture by 2050, and an area as large as the United States will be needed to meet wood demand. World Resources Institute’s report suggests a four-pronged strategy: produce more on the same land, protect forests, reduce demand for land-intensive products, and restore native habitats. In the Indian context, initiatives like the Bonn Challenge, the G20 Global Initiative, and practices like Holiyas, Plantopathy, and Zero budget natural farming are notable efforts towards addressing this challenge. The Global Land Squeeze underscores the need for sustainable land management, balancing human needs with ecological preservation.

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