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

 

Global snapshot

Feature story | March 30, 2006 at 11:38

What we've lost, what we have left and what we will lose if we don't act now. That is the message that the latest global maps of the planet's last intact forests and most vulnerable ocean areas tell us.

Making Piracy History

Feature story | March 1, 2006 at 10:21

CAPETOWN, South Africa — Armed and masked, scouring the oceans, stealing food from hungry families – modern day pirates are a far cry from the glamour of Hollywood movies. But they are a multi billion-dollar reality for many communities that can...

Olive Ridley females usually come ashore

Image | February 24, 2006 at 4:30

Olive Ridley females usually come ashore at night or early morning to lay their clutch of 100 to 150 eggs above the high tide line, which are then covered by sand. She then returns to the sea. The eggs hatch after seven to eight weeks.

Olive Ridley females usually come ashore

Image | February 24, 2006 at 4:30

Olive Ridley females usually come ashore at night or early morning to lay their clutch of 100 to 150 eggs above the high tide line, which are then covered by sand. She then returns to the sea. The eggs hatch after seven to eight weeks.

Olive Ridley females usually come ashore

Image | February 24, 2006 at 4:30

Olive Ridley females usually come ashore at night or early morning to lay their clutch of 100 to 150 eggs above the high tide line, which are then covered by sand. She then returns to the sea. The eggs hatch after seven to eight weeks.

Children from the fishing village of Dhamra

Image | February 17, 2006 at 4:30

Children from the fishing village of Dhamra join the Greenpeace Ocean Defenders in painting banners with marine creatures, as part of the Sugayatri's Boat Yatra in Orissa.

Children from the fishing village of Dhamra

Image | February 17, 2006 at 4:30

Children from the fishing village of Dhamra join the Greenpeace Ocean Defenders in painting banners with marine creatures, as part of the Sugayatri's Boat Yatra in Orissa.

A late night meeting at Chandini Pal in Orissa

Image | February 17, 2006 at 4:30

A late night meeting at Chandini Pal in Orissa is lit up by vehicle headlights, while Greenpeace campaigners talk to fish-workers about conservation efforts, during the MV Sugayatri's Boat Yatra.

A late night meeting at Chandini Pal in Orissa

Image | February 17, 2006 at 4:30

A late night meeting at Chandini Pal in Orissa is lit up by vehicle headlights, while Greenpeace campaigners talk to fish-workers about conservation efforts, during the MV Sugayatri's Boat Yatra.

A late night meeting at Chandini Pal in Orissa

Image | February 17, 2006 at 4:30

A late night meeting at Chandini Pal in Orissa is lit up by vehicle headlights, while Greenpeace campaigners talk to fish-workers about conservation efforts, during the MV Sugayatri's Boat Yatra.

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