Andhra Pradesh Space Applications Centre (APSAC), the nodal agency of all geospatial activities in the State, conducted a one-day workshop on ‘Dissemination of land resource products of AP’, here on Tuesday.
Scientists of APSAC presented reports on various issues such as land use distribution and changes, wasteland change analysis, and land degradation mapping in the State.
According to a release, the scientists said an increase of 343 sq km and 176 sq km of built-up area and agricultural land respectively increased in 2015-16 at the cost of wastelands. Also, about 848 sq km of wasteland recognised in 2012 had been converted into productive land by 2016.
Senior officials from various departments, and others from district administrations, universities and non-government organisations took part in the workshop, which discussed various issues related to the dynamic land use changes, wastelands distribution, the status of land degradation and others.