24 MAY,2022 | MEDC
According to a new report from the UN; the effect of severe drought is estimated to have reduced India’s GDP by 2-5% over the two decades from 1998 to 2017. The report added that droughts represented only 15% of natural disasters globally; but took the largest human toll – approximately 6.5 lakh deaths in 50 years (1970-2019). Both Maharashtra and India are no strangers to droughts, and the importance of water management for a sustainable socioeconomic future is obvious. Climate change is predicted to affect us in a big way, and tackling water and sanitation challenges has to be a national policy priority. Water has a huge footprint straddling diverse socio-economic development issues and is one of the most comprehensive solutions to island restoration; which addresses many of the underlying factors pertaining to degraded water cycles and the loss of soil fertility. We cannot afford to overlook it.
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