Restore green cover
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.