India’s biggest open grass land is the biggest open area in India, covering 6,000 square kilometres, and is a potential gold mine of biodiversity, according to the National Science Foundation (NSF).
The report titled ‘Open Grassland: The Landscape and Environment of India’s National Heritage, National Capital Region, and National Highway’ was commissioned by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).
The report has been released in a bid to address a growing concern that India is not taking its conservation responsibilities seriously.
The report states that the grasslands are home to species of rare flora, such as the rare green alfalfa, which are often seen in the landscape as an indicator of the natural conditions for its recovery.
However, the report also states that there is insufficient information on the extent of biodiversity and its potential to be used in the rehabilitation of the landscape, which could hinder its restoration.
The forest cover of India is estimated to be about 70 per cent of the country’s total land area.
According to the report, India has about 1.3 billion hectares of forest cover.
Of that, 3.4 billion hectares is open grass, or the grassland covering 5.2 million square kilometres.
The report says that the open grass area is a great opportunity to enhance biodiversity, which is essential for its restoration and the recovery of ecosystems.
It says that if the country does not manage grasslands to their fullest extent, they will be degraded.
The National Trust for Nature and Environment has been working on improving the availability of biodiversity in India’s grasslands for over 15 years.
It has made a concerted effort to encourage the government to take steps to improve grassland conservation.
The Trust has recently released a report on the status of biodiversity.
The government has also launched a programme called ‘Biodiversity and Conservation of Grasslands’, which is aimed at improving grassland preservation and biodiversity.
According, the NSPF has commissioned a study in collaboration with the NSSO to look at the availability and management of biodiversity on India’s open grass lands, and the results will be presented at the National Biotechnology Week on March 17.