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

 

Greenpeace dismisses allegations, renews call to stop work on Dhamra port

Press release | July 4, 2007 at 10:00

BHUBANESHWAR, India — Greenpeace renewed its call to stop work on the Dhamra port in view of the clear evidence of rare species on the port site and turtle presence in the off-shore waters. It rubbished the allegations of 'report doctoring'...

Pirate ship in chains

Feature story | July 2, 2007 at 18:09

EEMSHAVEN, Netherlands — The notorious Russian pirate fish cargo ship, the Mumrinskiy, has been chained to the docks in the Dutch port of Eemshaven by activists to stop it from engaging in illegal activities with pirate fisheries and facilitating...

Greenpeace volunteers in London deliver a

Image | July 2, 2007 at 10:00

Greenpeace volunteers in London deliver a message to Corus, who are part of the TATA Group, to ask them to reconsider the port they are building in India which is near one of the last nesting grounds of the endangered olive ridley sea turtles.

Greenpeace volunteers in London deliver a

Image | July 2, 2007 at 10:00

Greenpeace volunteers in London deliver a message to Corus, who are part of the TATA Group, to ask them to reconsider the port they are building in India which is near one of the last nesting grounds of the endangered olive ridley sea turtles.

Greenpeace volunteers in London deliver a

Image | July 2, 2007 at 10:00

Greenpeace volunteers in London deliver a message to Corus, who are part of the TATA Group, to ask them to reconsider the port they are building in India which is near one of the last nesting grounds of the endangered olive ridley sea turtles.

Corus UK urged to save turtles

Press release | July 2, 2007 at 10:00

LONDON/BOMBAY, United Kingdom — True to their migratory nature, endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles showed up in the UK today, calling on the TATAs at their recently acquired Corus Steel offices in London, urging them to drop their plans to...

Greenpeace turtles invade the Taj Land's

Image | June 26, 2007 at 10:00

Greenpeace turtles invade the Taj Land's End Hotel, Mumbai, seeking a refuge from the threat posed to them by TATA's Dhamra Port in Orissa.

Greenpeace turtles invade the Taj Land's

Image | June 26, 2007 at 10:00

Greenpeace turtles invade the Taj Land's End Hotel, Mumbai, seeking a refuge from the threat posed to them by TATA's Dhamra Port in Orissa.

Greenpeace turtles invade the Taj Land's

Image | June 26, 2007 at 10:00

Greenpeace turtles invade the Taj Land's End Hotel, Mumbai, seeking a refuge from the threat posed to them by TATA's Dhamra Port in Orissa.

Turtles invade Taj Land's End, seek new home

Press release | June 26, 2007 at 10:00

MUMBAI, India — Under threat of displacement by Tata's mega port at Dhamra in Orissa, four 'Olive Ridley Sea Turtles' sought refuge in the swimming pool of the Taj Land's End Hotel (a Tata concern) at Bandra. Tongue in cheek, the turtles opened a...

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