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Can India’s wasteland be used for biomass plantations?

Authors Madelene Ostwald
Rakesh Tiwari
Kristina Pettersson
Indu Murthy
Göran Berndes
N.H. Ravindranath
Martin Karlson
ISBN 978-91-86402-34-1
Publisher Focali Brief
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2015
Published at Gothenburg Centre for Globalization and Development (GCGD)
Centre for Environment and Sustainability
Language en
Subject categories Earth and Related Environmental Sciences


How much of India’s vast wasteland can be used for growing plants such as eucalyptus and Jatropha? As land demands have increased, the sustainable use of marginal lands has become increasingly important. In India about 47 million hectares, or 15 percent of the total geographical area, is classified as wastelands. Here we assess the climate and land quality requirements of eucalyptus, a commonly used plantation tree, and Jatropha, a much-discussed biodiesel crop. We find that roughly half of the degraded lands are suitable for growing eucalyptus and/or Jatropha.

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