The Thar is a hot desert eco-system. It has been subjected to multiple greening projects. Some by those who view wetlands, ravines, deserts and other eco-systems as "unproductive" or "degraded". They want agriculture and plantation of invasive species to make the desert productive. The other view is that native vegetation is a win-win for the natural eco-system and the pastoralists of the desert, as it doesn't decimate the eco-system, while ensuring fodder for livestock. But the biotic or living components and the abiotic or non-living components of the hot desert rely on one another - a change in one will lead to a change in the other. Is the recent locust outbreak connected in any way to attempts to green the desert?
Water Practitioners Network invites comments from its members to understand if the Thar needs greening initiatives. If not, why not? If yes, what should be the nature and scale of this greening?