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


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

DHAMRA Briefing - marathi

Publication | April 26, 2005 at 3:30

Dhamra Briefing - Hindi

Publication | April 26, 2005 at 3:30

DHAMRA Briefing - English

Publication | April 26, 2005 at 3:30


Press release | April 26, 2005 at 3:30

MUMBAI, India — Greenpeace India activists confronted TATAs at Bombay House, Mumbai, demanding that they abandon their plans of setting up a port at Dhamra, Orissa. Holding a banner with a clear message 'Don't say TATA to Turtles', the Ninja...

Greenpeace India activists dressed up as

Image | April 26, 2005 at 3:30

Greenpeace India activists dressed up as turtles, confronted TATAs at Bombay House, Mumbai, demanding that they abandon their plans of setting up a port at Dhamra, Orissa.

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