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Optimise India’s renewable energy and reforestation projects, by making land planning a key part of the policy mix

Times of India, New Delhi | January 21st, 2020

An analysis conducted by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP) demonstrates that India can meet its renewable energy target of 175 GW by 2022 by placing renewable energy infrastructure on already degraded lands which pose a lower conflict. Our study shows that there are enough lower-conflict lands to generate more than 10 times our 2022 renewable energy target. This is a significant opportunity as our country scales up renewable energy production; the study highlights the need for judicious land use planning that will lower potential land conflicts that could delay renewable energy deployment and increase project costs.

Empowering Farmers To Practice No-Burn Agriculture

Agriculture World, November 2019

The hazardous air quality in North-West India is yet again in the international news this year. Crop residue burning is a significant contributor, among many others, that have caused the National Capital of India to be enveloped in smog. The Nature Conservancy-India is working with a consortium of partners and an impressive group of farmers in Punjab and Haryana who are committed to stopping the crop residue burning that impacts their health and agricultural productivity. Read more about our collaborative work which has been featured in the November, 2019 issue of Agriculture World.

End to crop burning is achievable and farmers can lead the way

Times of India, New Delhi | November 18, 2017

Crop residue burning is a major source of air pollution in northwest India during the winter months. Any solution to this burning issue must address economic, behavioural and financial barriers that farmers face in sustainably disposing crop residue. This opinion article highlights the potential for an agricultural technology – the Happy Seeder – to enable large scale in-situ management of crop residue, thereby eliminating the need to burn while also providing co-benefits to farmers.

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