UN Convention on Bio Diversity

United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity 2012

The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with its 193 parties or delegates is the globe’s most important conference on protecting the planet’s diminishing biodiversity – it is the conference that covers life on earth and the use of the planet’s natural habitats. The 11th Conference of Parties of the CBD is being hosted by the Indian government in Hyderabad.

Greenpeace, is calling on the Indian government to demonstrate leadership in front of  the international delegates attending the conference by defending the rich biodiversity that lies within its own borders. At CBD COP 11, countries are mandated to ensure that the process to enact the Aichi targets adopted is ambitiously taken forward.

Greenpeace is demanding that the Indian government must:

  • Immediately declare a moratorium on all further forest and environmental clearances for coal mining and coal-fired power plants as it will lead to the destruction of millions of hectares of forest and further endanger the habitat of the Indian tiger.
  • Protect the tribal and indigenous communities that are being forcibly removed from forest areas to make way for coal mines
  • Revoke mining clearances already granted in known biodiversity hotspots.
  • Open to public consultation, the process to declare forest areas off limits to coal mining based on their biodiversity value, hydrological importance, forest density and livelihood dependence for local communities.
  • Stop overcapacity and over exploitation including illegal fishing practices
  • Prevent destructive fishing practices like bottom trawling and regulating old trawlers and capping the number of licensed vessels.
  • Strengthen legal protection of the oceans and the rights of traditional fisher communities
  • Create Marine Reserves in consultation with local fishing communities

Find out more about the CBD, especially what Greenpeace is doing at the CBD on this page.

The latest updates

 

Brikesh Tries to Meet Dr. Manmohan Singh

Video | October 19, 2012 at 16:48

They were stopped at the door of the conference hall where the PM was making his speech. Later they detained for 5 hours. Greenpeace delegate and activist Brikesh Singh, who recently spent a month occupying a tree at the edge of the Tadoba --...

One step forward at the UN conference: Greenpeace

Press release | October 18, 2012 at 11:12

Commenting on success of the negotiations for the protection of marine biodiversity by UN members states at the biodiversity convention (COP11 – CBD) in Hyderabad Veronica Frank, from Greenpeace said: “It is not often at these large UN...

Farmers will look to the skies, not for clouds anymore but for the sun

Blog entry by Manish Ram | October 17, 2012

The phone at the Greenpeace office in Patna rang non-stop for a week. More than five hundred farmers from all over the state of Bihar were calling to know more about solar based irrigation system. This phone-call-frenzy was caused...

Greenpeace dives deep to save the oceans

Press release | October 17, 2012 at 13:12

Hyderabad, October 17, 2012: On the eve of the high level segment meetings at the UN conference on biodiversity (COP 11) in Hyderabad that will see heads of state decide on measures to safeguard the oceans and wildlife that inhabit them,...

Activists say NO COAL to the PM, while he talks conservation with the world

Feature story | October 17, 2012 at 11:35

As Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was addressing the world about biodiversity and the need to protect it at the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity on October 16, Greenpeace India’s online activists were sending him a very special tweet.

Tigers at the door

Blog entry by Brikesh Singh | October 16, 2012

At Greenpeace India we are always looking for the most effective ways to communicate our messages – today in the hi-tech world of modern media that includes tweeting and texting, blogging and subvertising. But there are times when...

PM gifts mere 0.1 percent of coal scam figure to protect biodiversity in India

Press release | October 16, 2012 at 21:14

Commenting on the speech by the Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, as he inaugurated the high-level segment of the U.N summit on biodiversity, in Hyderabad, Vinuta Gopal, Head of Climate and Energy Campaign, Greenpeace India said,...

Tigers have a message for the Indian Prime Minister

Image | October 16, 2012 at 15:52

As Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh prepared for his key note speech to nearly 200 world politicians and international dignitaries at the UN’s Convention on Biodiversity, three Greenpeace activists accompanied by ‘Tigers’ from the...

The Great Indian Big Cat and Greenpeace's appeal to the PM at the UN Convention

Press release | October 16, 2012 at 15:03

October 16, Hyderabad: Today, as Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh prepared for his key note speech to nearly 200 world politicians and international dignitaries at the UN’s Convention on Biodiversity, three Greenpeace activists...

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