Re­store green cover

Down to Earth - - LETTERS - K ANAND BENGALURU

The com­bi­na­tion of long-term drought and ab­sence of vi­able liveli­hood op­por­tu­ni­ties drive a ter­ri­ble cy­cle of poverty and debt. Eco­log­i­cal restora­tion and in­crease in green cover in and around hu­man habi­ta­tions, es­pe­cially near forests, is the need of the hour.

It is true that hu­man in­ter­ven­tions to re­store bio-di­ver­sity would never equal the role of na­ture, and that hu­man­in­flu­enced re­gen­er­a­tion of green cover will take time. Nev­er­the­less, govern­ment poli­cies and schemes can be redi­rected to en­sure that lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties gain liveli­hood and em­ploy­ment through such restora­tion.

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