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

 

Civil society assails impact of coal mining & Coal power plants - on biodiversity

Press release | October 12, 2012 at 12:00

In a side event organized at CBD COP at Hyderabad on 12th October, a number of NGOs and Movement groups came together to decry adverse and debilitating impact of coal mining on the biodiversity and livelihoods of the people.

India must get its own house in order on biodiversity

Blog entry by Vanessa Atkinson | October 11, 2012

It's hard to throw a party and expect your guests to behave better than you do. Yet that is exactly what the Indian government is doing as it hosts a major international conference on biodiversity in Hyderabad. There's a word for that...

Amala Akkineni joins protest against coal mining

Video | October 11, 2012 at 13:01

The Greenpeace petition to the PM to save our forests has received over 2,40,000 signatures till date. This proves that there are a lot of concerned individuals but as citizens of this country we must all stand up to protect our natural resources...

CBD media briefing

Publication | October 11, 2012 at 11:13

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...

Greenpeace: Indian Government must stop the destruction of vital biodiversity

Press release | October 10, 2012 at 20:24

Hyderabad/New Delhi, October 8, 2012, On the eve of a major international conference on biodiversity, hosted by the Indian Government, Greenpeace is demanding that the Indian government re-look its massive expansion of coal mining in forest areas...

Actress Amala Akkineni protests with Greenpeace from Charminar

Feature story | October 8, 2012 at 19:00

The Charminar, was the venue Greenpeace activists chose in Hyderabad to protest against coal mining destroying forests in Central India. On October 8, the first day of the Convention on Biological Diversity being held in the city, activists...

Filmstar and Greenpeace activists detained in a peaceful protest at Charminar

Press release | October 8, 2012 at 17:30

Hyderabad, October 8, 2012: Famous film personality, Amla Akkineni and three Greenpeace activists were detained by the local police while protesting against Indian government's role in forest destruction, today at Charminar.

'Stop Coal Crime' action in Hyderabad

Image gallery | October 8, 2012

Indian Film Star Amala Akkineni joins Greenpeace protest

Press release | October 8, 2012 at 15:03

Hyderabad/New Delhi, October 8, 2012: Hours after Jayanthi Natarajan, the Minster of the Environment and Forests, opened the United Nations conference on biodiversity in Hyderabad, Greenpeace activists unfurled a banner from the balcony of the...

Coalgate Part II – the Fuel Supply Agreements

Blog entry by Ashish Fernandes | October 5, 2012

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his friends in the UPA government just don't get it. Instead of being chastened by the coal scam and at least attempting to conceal their crony capitalism, the Prime Minister's Office and the Coal and...

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