The planet is losing biodiversity at an unprecedented rate, posing grave danger to human health and prosperity, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity warned in its flagship report.
There were many sceptics when zero-budget natural farming started making inroads in southern Indian states a couple of decades back. Today, it has transformed into a grassroots peasant movement that showcases sustainable agriculture.
In the early years of this millennium, rapid land degradation raised alarm bells in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Pakistan. The provincial government started the Billion Tree Tsunami programme in 2014 to reverse the trend. The success of the initiative, which completed its task ahead of schedule in August 2017, has now prompted the federal government to replicate it across the country.