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

 

TATA’S Dhamra port EIA seriously flawed, project must not go ahead: Greenpeace

Press release | May 31, 2007 at 3:30

NEW DELHI, India — Greenpeace today released a critique that exposes serious and fundamental flaws in the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) conducted for TATA’s Dhamra port project in Bhadrak district, Orissa. The critique has been authored by...

Whale Visits Japanese Embassy Seeking Protection From Harpoons

Press release | May 23, 2007 at 3:30

NEW DELHI, India — Greenpeace activists, alongwith an Orca Whale, paid the Japanese Embassy in Delhi a surprise visit today asking the island nation to respect the ban on whaling and stop the annual massacre of whales under the guise of...

One for the record books

Feature story | March 16, 2007 at 14:10

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia destroys about 51 square kilometers of forests every day, equivalent to 300 football fields every hour -- a figure, which should earn the country a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's...

Orissa turtle package

Publication | March 7, 2007 at 15:45

Financial package for budgetary provision 2007-2008 Orissa Annexure 1

Greenpeace today called on the state Orissa

Image | March 7, 2007 at 15:11

Greenpeace today called on the state Orissa assembly to allocate 11.21 crores to resolve the turtle fisheries conflict and protect the states turtle population.

Greenpeace today called on the state Orissa

Image | March 7, 2007 at 15:11

Greenpeace today called on the state Orissa assembly to allocate 11.21 crores to resolve the turtle fisheries conflict and protect the states turtle population.

Greenpeace today called on the state Orissa

Image | March 7, 2007 at 15:11

Greenpeace today called on the state Orissa assembly to allocate 11.21 crores to resolve the turtle fisheries conflict and protect the states turtle population.

11.21 crores to end turtle-human conflict: Greenpeace demands budget allocation

Press release | March 7, 2007 at 4:30

BHUBANESWAR, India — In the absence of any concrete action from the Orissa government, Greenpeace today released an estimate of the funds required to solve the turtle-fisherman crisis in the state. The organization is calling on the State...

Whaling season over

Feature story | March 1, 2007 at 11:17

Today the whaling fleet crossed the 60 degree latitude, leaving the whaling grounds behind - at least for this season. Officials in Tokyo have finally acknowledged publicly that the deadly fire crippling the fleet's factory ship means an early...

High-Tech industry contaminating rivers and underground water

Press release | February 8, 2007 at 4:30

NEW DELHI, India — Greenpeace today released ‘Cutting Edge Contamination: A study of environmental pollution during the manufacture of electronic products’ (1). The report shows that some of the electronics industries’ biggest brands, and their...

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