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


Egypt takes the right stand

Press release | January 13, 2006 at 4:30

Greenpeace activists who climbed the Clemenceau and chained themselves to its mast for over 30 hours, today disembarked from the aircraft carrier following the decision of the Egyptian EPA to deny the Clemenceau passage through the Suez Canal.

France sends India a New Year gift.

Feature story | January 12, 2006 at 4:30

What do you do when a 27,000 tonne ‘Weapon of Mass Destruction’ heads towards a vulnerable target? If you are Greenpeace, you do your utmost to stop it. Early this morning our activists intercepted the Clemenceau off the coast of Egypt, calling...

Greenpeace stops Clemenceau

Press release | January 12, 2006 at 4:30

Greenpeace activists today intercepted and boarded the French aircraft carrier, the Clemenceau, raising the stakes in the international row over the decommissioning of the French aircraft carrier Clemenceau, which has been sent to India for...

May we have the truth please?

Feature story | January 5, 2006 at 4:30

NEW DELHI, India — While you were preparing to ring in the New Year, the Clemenceau, a toxic French warship, quietly slipped out from the French coast. It is now making its way, ever so slowly, towards Alang. Since the French government continues...

2005 Rewound

Feature story | January 5, 2006 at 4:30

A look back over the last twelve months, starring jaguar suited activists, corporate skulduggery and heroics in unequal measures, politicians' finding/losing the plot and even an embassy for whales.

France dumps Clemenceau on India in deliberate violation of international law: Greenpeace

Press release | January 3, 2006 at 4:30

NEW DELHI, India — As the Clemenceau, an end-of-life French military ship, starts its journey from France to India for dismantling, Greenpeace activists demonstrated outside the French embassy in India today to alert the international community...

WTO: The real face of free trade

Feature story | December 12, 2005 at 8:30

HONG KONG, China — A child sits in a mountain of electronic waste, covered in toxic chemicals, pulling apart components to retrieve tiny bits of metal; this is the face of free trade your government does not want you to see. As trade ministers...

Clemenceau… The ship that died. But didn’t stop killing.

Feature story | December 12, 2005 at 4:30

BANGALORE, India — Early this morning, off the sleeping coast of Toulon, France, Greenpeace activists boarded the heavily-guarded Clemenceau, a once-majestic aircraft carrier that belonged to the French navy. Far away, in Orissa, India, a young...

DON’T DUMP CLEMENCEAU ON INDIA; Workers and Green Groups Demand Stricter Regime for...

Press release | December 12, 2005 at 4:30

TOULON/ NEW DELHI, India — Greenpeace , Corporate Accountability Desk and Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) called on the French Authorities not to scrap the decommissioned warship Clemenceau in India at the world wide release of a report ...

Time is Running Out!

Feature story | December 2, 2005 at 8:27

BANGALORE, India — The UN Climate Change Conference in Montreal is underway. The climate summit - the first since the Kyoto Protocol entered into force - opened on the 28th of November, kicking off two weeks of crucial negotiations on climate...

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