For many centuries the people of the State of Rajasthan in Northern India have lived in uneasy balance with the Thar, the great Indian desert, but over the last 30 years that balance has begun to break down. The increase in human and livestock numbers is placing unbearable demands on Rajasthan’s semi-arid land with unchecked tree destruction, overgrazing and over-cultivation creating a wasteland and leading to more desertification. Modern scientific methods are being combined with traditional systems of land management in trying to halt the encroaching desert with some success.
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