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


Protest to protect Gulf of Mannar repressed.

Press release | July 2, 2005 at 3:30

MADURAI, India — Greenpeace activists and hundreds of representatives of the fishing community were arrested today to prevent them from protesting against the inauguration of the highly controversial Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project (SSCP) in...

Claptrap substantiated

Feature story | June 21, 2005 at 11:02

TASMAN SEA, New Zealand — Last week Amaltal Fishing Company director Andrew Talley called Greenpeace assertions "unsubstantiated claptrap". But dramatic photos and footage taken by the Rainbow Warrior crew prove him and others supporting bottom...

A whale will be hunted every four hours. Help stop the killing now!

Feature story | June 15, 2005 at 3:30

YOU could be in Korea on the 19th of June, shaking a fist at the International Whaling Commission, telling them you want Whales – Alive! Literally thousands of people have already joined Greenpeace in preparation for an international protest in...

Fish and chips on the high seas

Feature story | June 9, 2005 at 18:08

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Activists in New Zealand have taken action against a vessel using the most destructive fishing method in the world, bottom trawling. Dodging whole potatoes fired from compressed air guns, and high pressure fire hoses, the...

Whale embassy: showdown and turnaround

Feature story | June 8, 2005 at 3:30

ULSAN, Korea, Republic of — Yesterday our Whale Embassy Activists, on the ground in Korea, received a visit from angry representatives of the Jangsaengpo Development Association in the city of Ulsan. Our campaigner Jim Wickens tells the story of...

Bangalore joins Greenpeace in the first ever Virtual March to Save the Whales

Press release | June 8, 2005 at 3:30

BANGALORE, India — Bangalore residents are joining thousands of others from around the globe in a Virtual March organized by Greenpeace to save the whales. The Virtual March will culminate on 19th June, with a massive projection in Ulsan, South...

Whale embassy: showdown and turnaround

Feature story | May 30, 2005 at 14:41

ULSAN, Korea, Republic of — Yesterday our Whale Embassy Activists, on the ground in Korea, received a visit from angry representatives of the Jangsaengpo Development Association in the city of Ulsan. Our campaigner Jim Wickens tells the story of...

Whale activists threatened with eviction

Feature story | May 17, 2005 at 15:42

ULSAN, Korea, Republic of — The city of Ulsan, Korea has ordered us to vacate our "Whale Embassy" -- built near the site of a planned whale meat factory. We've told them we'll be happy to leave, once they assure us they will not build the...

Green groups appeal to Indian PM to send 'Ricky' back to Denmark

Press release | April 29, 2005 at 3:30

NEW DELHI, India — Environmental, labour and civil society groups have appealed to the Prime Minister of India to intervene in the current crisis caused by Indian governments failure to respond to the Danish government's request for the return of...

Dhamra Chronology - marathi

Publication | April 26, 2005 at 3:30

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