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

 

Whalers fail to harpoon conservation at the International Whaling Commission

Press release | June 19, 2006 at 17:42

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 19, 2006 at 17:18

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...

Greenpeace campaign forces French Government to fully decontaminate Clemenceau.

Press release | May 9, 2006 at 3:30

NEW DELHI, India — Greenpeace campaign forces French Government to fully decontaminate Clemenceau. Leads to creation of EU wide ship breaking policy. For India: Clemenceau went back without any concrete answers; SS Norway comes in without any...

Witnesses arrested, accused walks free!

Feature story | April 14, 2006 at 3:30

NEW DELHI, India — Bearing witness to the mass murder of Olive Ridley turtles can cost you dearly in the strange world we inhabit. 12 Greenpeace activists were arrested in New Delhi this morning, for having brought evidence of turtle mortality...

Turtle Massacre in Orissa: Greenpeace holds Chief Minister responsible

Press release | April 14, 2006 at 3:30

NEW DELHI, India — In an early morning wake-up call, Greenpeace activists today confronted Naveen Patnaik, the Chief Minister of Orissa, with evidence of his government's ineptitude and inability to protect the endangered Olive Ridley turtles...

Enough is enough.

Feature story | April 3, 2006 at 19:30

BHUBANESWAR, India — We’ve witnessed first hand the hundreds of meaningless deaths of turtles on the beaches of Orissa. Camped at the Turtle Witness Camp, volunteers who thought they would be witness to the wondrous arribada of the Olive Ridley...

03rd April 2006: Greenpeace activists create

Image | April 3, 2006 at 18:51

03rd April 2006: Greenpeace activists create a symbolic graveyard outside the office of the Chief Wildlife Warden of Orissa, as a reminder of the mass deaths of the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles. Greenpeace has demanded that the Forest...

03rd April 2006: Greenpeace activists create

Image | April 3, 2006 at 18:51

03rd April 2006: Greenpeace activists create a symbolic graveyard outside the office of the Chief Wildlife Warden of Orissa, as a reminder of the mass deaths of the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles. Greenpeace has demanded that the Forest...

03rd April 2006: Greenpeace activists create

Image | April 3, 2006 at 18:51

03rd April 2006: Greenpeace activists create a symbolic graveyard outside the office of the Chief Wildlife Warden of Orissa, as a reminder of the mass deaths of the endangered Olive Ridley Turtles. Greenpeace has demanded that the Forest...

Greenpeace recreates Turtle Graveyard in Orissa capital: Forest department confesses...

Press release | April 3, 2006 at 3:30

BHUBANESWAR, India — Greenpeace today confronted the Chief Wildlife Warden of Orissa, with an 'I Witness' report of the mass deaths of Olive Ridley turtles on the beaches of Orissa. Activists bearing crosses and posters with pictures of dead...

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