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 demands clean production policy to tackle E-waste

Press release | November 28, 2006 at 11:00

NEW DELHI, India — At the beginning of the COP-8 (1) meeting of the Basel Convention in Nairobi, Greenpeace today released a scathing critique of India's draft WEEE (Waste from Electronic and Electrical Equipment) legislation (2). Being developed...

Disposable Oceans?

Feature story | November 8, 2006 at 22:34

Here in the middle of the Pacific, plastic marine debris is a harsh reality that marine creatures large and small have to live with. But for those of us onboard the Esperanza, the real impact of plastic on our oceans is still unfolding. On our...

Globe warms: rainforests burn

Feature story | September 21, 2006 at 20:21

In what is becoming an annual event, fires are sweeping through the tropical rainforests of Indonesia and Brazil. The burning of the rainforests not only threaten biodiversity in the affected areas but, by contributing towards climate change,...

Beaching of Blue Lady violates court's order

Press release | August 3, 2006 at 18:03

NEW DELHI, India — High-level sources say that the inspection committee on Blue Lady was under intense pressure to give clearance to the vessel for beaching, as per the admissions by credible sources within Technical Committee on Ship-breaking.

Good for the oceans, good for you.

Feature story | July 22, 2006 at 10:00

CHENNAI, India — In our line of work, we find livelihood and ecology inextricably linked, quite frequently at cross-purposes with each other. But sometimes, the two issues intersect more directly, with the loss of ecological treasures resulting...

Greenpeace ship MV Esperanza docks in Chennai for 'Defending our Oceans' tour

Press release | July 16, 2006 at 10:00

CHENNAI, India — MV Esperanza, an iconic campaigning ship of the environmental group Greenpeace, docked at Chennai Port this morning for a week-long tour of the sub-continent to highlight the fragile beauty and vulnerability of India's coastal...

The Esperanza has arrived!

Feature story | July 16, 2006 at 10:00

CHENNAI, India — A blue-white smudge on the horizon is enough to cause tremendous excitement amongst everyone on board the little fishing boat bobbing up and down in the waters off the coast of Chennai. As it draws closer, revealing the brightly...

Peaceful Greenpeace whaling protest stopped abruptly in St Kitts

Press release | June 21, 2006 at 21:32

FRIGATE BAY, Saint Kitts and Nevis — As the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting in St Kitts concluded its proceedings today, a peaceful protest carried out by Greenpeace was abruptly broken up by the authorities, who arrested ten...

Whalers fail to harpoon conservation at the International Whaling Commission

Press release | June 19, 2006 at 0:12

FRIGATE BAY, Saint Kitts and Nevis — Greenpeace today breathed a sigh of relief as pro-whaling nations led by Japan failed to gain a majority during the opening day of the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC) annual meeting, in St Kitts.

Disaster looms for whales

Feature story | June 18, 2006 at 23:48

FRIGATE BAY, Saint Kitts and Nevis — The international body charged by the UN with protecting the whales is about to be taken over by the world's most consistently and aggressively pro-whaling government. How could this happen? In an...

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