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

 

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 turtle up close and personal

Image | February 6, 2006 at 4:30

An Olive Ridley turtle up close and personal. Every year, thousands of Olive Ridley turtles congregate in these waters to mate and then nest in a perfectly synchronised arribada.

An Olive Ridley turtle up close and personal

Image | February 6, 2006 at 4:30

An Olive Ridley turtle up close and personal. Every year, thousands of Olive Ridley turtles congregate in these waters to mate and then nest in a perfectly synchronised arribada.

An Olive Ridley turtle up close and personal

Image | February 6, 2006 at 4:30

An Olive Ridley turtle up close and personal. Every year, thousands of Olive Ridley turtles congregate in these waters to mate and then nest in a perfectly synchronised arribada.

Life and Death on the beaches of Orissa

Feature story | February 6, 2006 at 4:30

ORISSA, India — Our Turtle Witness Camp was launched on 27th January and in the first week alone, we’ve witnessed the circle of life in all its gore and glory. We’ve watched, awe-struck, as scores of mating turtles surface around the faithful MV...

Ridleys mating about 3

Image | January 31, 2006 at 11:30

Ridleys mating about 3-5 kms off the coast. The male is on top of the female, holding onto her with his claws. Prior to nesting, the Ridley turtles congregate in near coastal waters every season, to mate, starting in early November.

Ridleys mating about 3

Image | January 31, 2006 at 11:30

Ridleys mating about 3-5 kms off the coast. The male is on top of the female, holding onto her with his claws. Prior to nesting, the Ridley turtles congregate in near coastal waters every season, to mate, starting in early November.

Ridleys mating about 3

Image | January 31, 2006 at 11:30

Ridleys mating about 3-5 kms off the coast. The male is on top of the female, holding onto her with his claws. Prior to nesting, the Ridley turtles congregate in near coastal waters every season, to mate, starting in early November.

A familiar sight on the beaches of coastal

Image | January 31, 2006 at 4:30

A familiar sight on the beaches of coastal Orissa, carcasses of dead ridleys washed ashore. Over the last decade, over 100,000 dead turtles have been washed ashore.

A familiar sight on the beaches of coastal

Image | January 31, 2006 at 4:30

A familiar sight on the beaches of coastal Orissa, carcasses of dead ridleys washed ashore. Over the last decade, over 100,000 dead turtles have been washed ashore.

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