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 'turtles' protest TATA Steel's

Image | July 17, 2007 at 3:30

Greenpeace 'turtles' protest TATA Steel's involvement in the Dhamra Port Project, Orissa, by blockading the entrance to Bombay House, TATA's head office. The Dhamra port is coming up near one of the world's largest nesting grounds for the olive...

Greenpeace activists blockade TATA office, demand the Company keeps promise to save...

Press release | July 17, 2007 at 3:30

MUMBAI, India — In the absence of evidence that the TATAs will honour their commitment towards protecting their habitat, the 'olive ridley sea turtles' intensified their protest today by directly taking the issue to Bombay House, the headquarters...

Summary of greenpeace response to allegations from north Orissa university and...

Publication | July 6, 2007 at 12:20

1. Greenpeace stands by the report as published and reiterates call to stop work on Dhamra Port. 2. The complete report as published had the prior informed consent of the North Orissa University (NOU)

Email exchange on report

Publication | July 6, 2007 at 12:02

Dead turtles

Image | July 6, 2007 at 11:39

Dead turtles, probable victims of mechanised fishing, on the site of the TATA port at Dhamra.

Dead turtles

Image | July 6, 2007 at 11:39

Dead turtles, probable victims of mechanised fishing, on the site of the TATA port at Dhamra.

Dead turtles

Image | July 6, 2007 at 11:39

Dead turtles, probable victims of mechanised fishing, on the site of the TATA port at Dhamra.

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

Press release | July 5, 2007 at 3:30

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 3, 2007 at 11:39

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 3, 2007 at 3:30

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.

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