Carbon Watch

Development of Pastureland

A high-impact project that addresses the environment, community, and biodiversity.

The world is on track to convert over 10% of all landmass to degraded land.

India alone has nearly 100 million hectares (~30% of total land) of degraded land with almost all the states reporting an increase in degraded land in the last couple of decades. Degraded land loses its productivity, its ability to sequester greenhouse gases, and affects biodiversity. Communities living in the forest fringe areas are now forced to travel more to collect fuelwood and feed their livestock, resulting in falling productivity.
Degraded lands not only affect the rural population but have also resulted in some of the most intense heatwaves in recorded history. A heatwave that struck India in 2022 resulted in Delhi recording temperatures of 42°C or above for over 22 days in May. Climate change makes this type of extreme event 100 times more common.

What are Pasturelands?

Pasturelands are grassy lands, covered with self-seeding plants that are continuously grazed by livestock like sheep, goats, and cattle.
Assuming pasturelands can sequester at least 3 tCOe/ha every year, India can sequester nearly 325 million tCOe or 10% of its annual emissions just by converting their degraded land into pasturelands.

Our little contribution? We are currently working on a project that is targeting to convert over a million hectares of degraded land into pasturelands.


Development of Pastureland

Life of the pastureland

7 Years

Sequestration of CO2e emissions annually per hectare

3 tCO2e

CarbonWatch's Targeted Project Size

1,000,000 hectares

Expected emission reduction from our programme (10-year Period)

17,500,000 tCO2e

Carbon Sequestering

Each hectare is expected to be able to sequester nearly 3 tons of COe annually. This converts to nearly 17.5 million tCOe emissions being sequestered directly through our project.

Economic Benefits

Animal husbandry becomes more economical and profitable due to the availability of fodder. It also improves land management skills of the community and creates employment from maintenance of the pastureland and the project, offering an alternative income source other than from animal husbandry. 


By reducing degradation and deforestation, our project directly helps in conserving the biodiversity which would otherwise be drastically affected. 

Bolster Communities

The project increases self-sufficiency of the local community, thus reducing the reliance on seasonal migration to find work. 

Long-Term Supply of Food

By converting degraded land into pastureland, the project positively affects the future supply of food.