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

 

Prosecute HLL for Forest Crimes

Feature story | March 8, 2004 at 4:30

KODAIKANAL, India — Kodaikanal, March 8, 2004: On the 3rd anniversary of the closure of Hindustan Lever Limited’s (HLL’s) thermometer factory in Kodaikanal, at a public rally held in Kodaikanal on March 7, 2004, the coalition of ex-workers, Palni...

Indian Govt. to investigate ‘Chapati Chor’ Monsanto

Feature story | February 16, 2004 at 4:30

NEW DELHI, India — On the 16th of February 2004, the Government of India assured the Supreme Court of India that all necessary steps would be taken to investigate Monsanto’s bid to control Indian wheat.

REPORT OF THE CENTRAL EMPOWERED COMMITTEE

Publication | February 10, 2004 at 4:30

Corrupt logging company profits from human rights abuse and lawlessness

Press release | February 3, 2004 at 4:30

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands — A Greenpeace report exposing the corrupt and destructive activities of the global Malaysian logging company, Rimbunan Hijau, has been published in the lead up to the summit for life on earth--the UN meeting of the...

One fish, two fish, glofish?

Feature story | January 20, 2004 at 4:30

PET SHOPS, United States — The biotechnology industry has struggled for the last twenty years to come up with products that work, and propaganda to sell those products. Remember the FlavrSavr tomato, the first genetically engineered (GE) food...

Greenpeace Releases More evidence aginst Ship Breaking.

Press release | December 12, 2003 at 4:30

MUMBAI, India — Launching a blistering attack against the ship-breaking industry's illegal practices and the lack of accountability in a corrupt regime, Greenpeace today released the Toxic Patrol report of Alang and Mumbai shipbreaking yards.

Greenpeace calls on Hindustan Lever to Address Liabilities in Kodaikanal.

Press release | December 8, 2003 at 4:30

MUMBAI, India — As part of their ongoing Corporate Accountability Tour of India, Greenpeace, on board their beseiged ship Rainbow Warrior, today released a report detailing the mercury contamination from the Hindustan Lever Limited ( a subsidiary...

Indian Authorities Put Rainbow Warrior's Mumbai Programmes in Jeopardy; Thousands of...

Press release | December 1, 2003 at 4:30

MUMBAI, India — Activists, crew and volunteers aboard Rainbow Warrior may not be able to participate in the 'Global Day of Action against Corporate Crime on 3rd December, 2003 to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster in Mumbai...

Victory for Greenpeace as IMO Bows to Pressure: Greenpeace shall continue to...

Press release | November 23, 2003 at 4:30

NEW DELHI/ LONDON, India — The International Maritime Organisation, (IMO) which was considering expulsion of Greenpeace for "unsafe seamanship" at a meeting in London on 21st November , has accepted the importance of the watchdog organization and...

Prosecute the Criminals not Witnesses; Greenpeace calls on Indian authorities to take...

Press release | November 15, 2003 at 4:30

ALANG, India — Greenpeace activists expressed surprise at today's news reports that the Gujarat Maritime Board has sought help from Navy and Customs to arrest the international crew of the Rainbow Warrior, following their expose of a criminal act...

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