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.

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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.

Growing strength on the East Coast

Feature story | February 17, 2006 at 4:30

ORISSA, India — From victory on the west coast of India, to fast progress on the east coast, this has been a busy week for our activists! The turtle is on the move again, with the Greenpeace Sugayatri (crowned by its giant turtle) out in full...

The Greenpeace Sugayatri at sail

Image | February 6, 2006 at 19:07

The Greenpeace Sugayatri at sail. The Sugayatri, once a fishing boat, will spend the next three months monitoring the mass nesting season of the Olive Ridley in Orissa, India.

The Greenpeace Sugayatri at sail

Image | February 6, 2006 at 19:07

The Greenpeace Sugayatri at sail. The Sugayatri, once a fishing boat, will spend the next three months monitoring the mass nesting season of the Olive Ridley in Orissa, India.

The Greenpeace Sugayatri at sail

Image | February 6, 2006 at 19:07

The Greenpeace Sugayatri at sail. The Sugayatri, once a fishing boat, will spend the next three months monitoring the mass nesting season of the Olive Ridley in Orissa, India.

Olive Ridley turtles mating off the coast

Image | February 6, 2006 at 18:53

Olive Ridley turtles mating off the coast of Orissa, India. Every year, thousands of Olive Ridley turtles congregate in these waters to mate and then nest in a perfectly synchronised arribada.

Olive Ridley turtles mating off the coast

Image | February 6, 2006 at 18:53

Olive Ridley turtles mating off the coast of Orissa, India. Every year, thousands of Olive Ridley turtles congregate in these waters to mate and then nest in a perfectly synchronised arribada.

Olive Ridley turtles mating off the coast

Image | February 6, 2006 at 18:53

Olive Ridley turtles mating off the coast of Orissa, India. Every year, thousands of Olive Ridley turtles congregate in these waters to mate and then nest in a perfectly synchronised arribada.

An Olive Ridley trapped in a trawling net

Image | February 6, 2006 at 18:41

An Olive Ridley trapped in a trawling net. Over 100,00 dead Olive Ridleys have been found washed ashore in Orissa over the last decade.

An Olive Ridley trapped in a trawling net

Image | February 6, 2006 at 18:41

An Olive Ridley trapped in a trawling net. Over 100,00 dead Olive Ridleys have been found washed ashore in Orissa over the last decade.

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