National Consultation on

Invest on Land for Life: Policy Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality in Rainfed Areas Post UNCCD COP14

September 23, 2019

Venue: NASC Complex Lecture Hall, New Delhi

A one day national consultation on Invest on Land for Life: Policy Framework for Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) in Rainfed Areas Post UNCD COP 14 was organised by National Rainfed Area Authority (NRAA), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, RRA Network and GIZ on 23rd September, 2019 at NASC Complex Lecture Hall, New Delhi. The Consultation was divided into five sessions. The first session was the inaugural session and the Inaugural address was presented by Shri Roulkhumlien Buhril, Secretary, DoLR. Dr. Ashok Dalwai, CEO, NRAA discussed the challenges of rainfed areas and role of NRAA in addressing these issues. Welcome address was given by Dr. Sabyasachi Das, National Coordinator, RRA-N. The topic of the Session 2 was Watershed Management and Land Degradation Neutrality; Session 3 was on LDN and Soil Conservation; Session 4 was on Investment on LDN. Each Session ended with open house discussion for valuable inputs from the participants. Session 5 was Plenary Session in which summary of issues were flagged and way forward was discussed. The consultation was attended by more than 90 participants.
Session 1: Inauguration
Welcome & Agenda Setting
Dr. Sabyasachi Das, National Coordinator RRA N
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Dr. Ashok Dalwai, CEO- NRAA-View video(6 Min)
DR. S. Bhaskar, ADG(AAF & CC)-View video(3 Min)
Shri. Ruolkhumlien Buhril, Secy- DoLR-View video(6 Min)
Session 2: Watershed Management & LDN
Chairperson: Dr. K V Rao, Principal Scientist – CRIDA
Moderator: M V Ramachandrudu, RRA N
Status of IWMP and next generation watershed development programmes,
Shri. Umakant, Joint Secretary-DoLR
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Strategies for sustainable and resilient watershed development programmes through people’s participation,
Shri. Sandip Jadhav, Director-WoTR
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Challenges of land degradation in India and corresponding technological options and management practices,
Dr. Rajive Singh, Principal Scientist -IISWC
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Session 3: LDN & Soil Conservation
Chairperson: Shri Navin Horo, National Project Coordinator-GIZ
Initiatives of MoAFW on soil health management & future strategies
Smt. A Neeraja, Joint Secretary-(INM) MoAFW
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Soil rehabilitation and restoration: lessons from pro-soil project of GIZ
Shri. Rajiv Ahal, Director(NRM) GIZ
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Challenges of soil restoration and management: need for community participation
Dr. Rajeshwari Raina, RRA N
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Session 4: Investments on LDN
Chairperson: Shri. Y N Mahadevaiah, DGM- NABARD
Moderator: Dr. Rajeshwari Raina, RRA N
Investments in watershed management for LDN: a critical analysis
Shri. A Ravindra, Ex-Secy-WASSAN
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Analysis of investments in irrigated areas vis-a-viz rainfed areas
Shri. B Rath, TE(WM)-NRAA
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Incentivizing investments for restoration of degraded lands in rainfed areas by financial institutions
Shri. Y N Mahadevaiah, DGM- NABARD
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Session 5: Plenary
Chariperson: Dr. Ashok Dalwai, CEO-NRAA
Dr. Alka Bhargava, Addl Secy- MoAFW
Dr. Venkateswarulu, Former Director-CRIDA
Shri. A Ravindra, Ex-Secy-WASSAN
Summary of issues flagged and way forward
Shri. R B Sinha & Dr. V P Sharma
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Dr. Alka Bhargava, Addl Secy- MoAFW -View video(6 Min)
Dr. Venkateswarulu, Former Director-CRIDA -View video(6 min)
Shri. A Ravindra, Ex-Secy-WASSAN -View video(4 Min)
Closing Remarks - Dr. Ashok Dalwai, CEO-NRAAView video(16 Min)