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

 

Happy Diwali

Image | November 10, 2004 at 4:30

Happy Diwali

Conservation of marine life and sustainable fishing key to future of India's East Coast

Press release | November 7, 2004 at 4:30

CHENNAI, India — Over 400 citizens of Chennai visited the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior at Chennai port on Sunday where Greenpeace kicked off its "Save our Seas" tour with a vigorous discussion amongst conservationists, scientists,...

Conservation of marine life and sustainable fishing key to future of India's East Coast

Feature story | November 7, 2004 at 4:30

CHENNAI, India — Over 400 citizens of Chennai visited the Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior at Chennai port on Sunday where Greenpeace kicked off its "Save our Seas" tour with a vigorous discussion amongst conservationists, scientists,...

Chennai welcomes the Rainbow Warrior and

Image | November 7, 2004 at 4:30

Chennai welcomes the Rainbow Warrior and crew

A warm welcome for the Warriors of Peace

Image | November 7, 2004 at 4:30

A warm welcome for the Warriors of Peace

The SV Rainbow Warrior comes to the east

Image | October 15, 2004 at 4:30

The SV Rainbow Warrior comes to the east coast of India in November.

Greenpeace ship SV Rainbow Warrior to tour the East Coast of India

Feature story | October 15, 2004 at 3:30

BANGALORE, India — In the world's oceans, scientists have discovered strange and mysterious creatures in the darkest depths that are found nowhere else on the earth. But these creatures and their habitat are today threatened by myriad human...

Peace Prize goes green

Feature story | October 8, 2004 at 3:30

NAIROBI, Kenya — Wangari Maathai has planted tens of millions of trees, opposed genetically modified organisms and titanium mining in her native Kenya, and won numerous awards for her environmental activism. She has also been beaten, harassed,...

Greenpeace Jaguars Caged

Feature story | August 31, 2004 at 3:30

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Our team of Greenpeace Jaguars, who have been protecting the ancient forests of Argentina from the expansion of Genetically Engineered soya, have been arrested while documenting the deforestation in northern Argentina...

Where are the Pacific tuna?

Feature story | August 27, 2004 at 3:30

We thought the Western and Central Pacific tuna fishery was the last healthy tuna fishery in the world. Despite concerns about over-fishing due to the rapid expansion of the industrial fleets, the conventional wisdom was that the fishery was...

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