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

 

Save the dugong - stop the airbase

Feature story | March 1, 2005 at 4:30

OKINAWA, Japan — "It is 8:30 am and I and 30 activists have been sitting on drilling platform #4 for an hour and a half. We can see workers from the Defense Construction Agency gathering on the beach of Camp Schwab, the US Marine Corp base at...

Harry Potter saves ancient forests?

Feature story | February 24, 2005 at 4:30

LONDON, United Kingdom — Harry Potter, boy wizard extraordinaire, survived an attack from the most evil wizard of all time. He has outwitted the terrifying Death Eaters. He has turned invisible - much to the annoyance of his teachers. He is a...

Nun assassinated defending Amazon

Feature story | February 13, 2005 at 4:30

ANAPU, PARA STATE, Brazil — 74 year old American missionary Sister Dorothy Stang was assassinated on Saturday in the Amazon state of Para, Brazil. Sister Dorothy was travelling to a sustainable development project in Anapu with some colleagues...

Invasion of the forest snatchers

Feature story | January 20, 2005 at 4:30

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — UPDATE: Join Greenpeace and Jose Bove in action against arrival of GE Soy in France. In the science-fiction classic, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, alien plants with destructive clone-manufacturing world-domination...

Highlights of 2004

Feature story | January 2, 2005 at 4:30

As the year 2005 begins, it is time for us to take stock of the year that was, and bring you the highlights of our work and our victories. Although the Tsunami disaster has quite literally dwarfed everything else for now, it is nonetheless...

Greenpeace: Dhamra Port immediate threat to endangered Olive Ridley Turtle

Press release | November 19, 2004 at 4:30

PARADIP, India — Greenpeace today called upon Indian authorities to take urgent and proactive steps for the protection of Olive Ridley Turtle mass nesting sites and the natural heritage of the Orissa coast, at a media briefing on board Rainbow...

Greenpeace: Dhamra Port immediate threat to endangered Olive Ridley Turtle

Feature story | November 19, 2004 at 4:30

PARADIP, India — Greenpeace today called upon Indian authorities to take urgent and proactive steps for the protection of Olive Ridley Turtle mass nesting sites and the natural heritage of the Orissa coast, at a media briefing on board Rainbow...

the press conference

Image | November 19, 2004 at 4:30

the press conference

Students from the Maritime Academy have a

Image | November 19, 2004 at 4:30

Students from the Maritime Academy have a blast on board the Rainbow Warrior in Paradip.

Students visit the SV Rainbow Warrior at

Image | November 19, 2004 at 4:30

Students visit the SV Rainbow Warrior at Paradip

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