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

 

Greenpeace forest activists scale Essar HQ

Press release | January 22, 2014 at 15:33

January 22nd, Mumbai: Greenpeace activists draped Essar's 180ft tall building in Mahalakshmi with a giant 36 ft X 72 ft banner. The banner also had pictures of the union minister of environment and forest (MoEF), Veerappa Moily and Prime Minister...

2013: the year that was!

Image gallery | December 11, 2013

You did it! Palm oil giant commits to No Deforestation!

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | December 7, 2013

‘Effective immediately, Wilmar will not engage in development of HCS, HCV, or peat, nor knowingly source from suppliers engaged in development of HCS, HCV, or peat.’ Wilmar International - the world's biggest palm oil company - has...

Villagers Assert their Rights on Mahan Forest

Press release | December 5, 2013 at 13:32

Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh; December 5, 2013: Residents of Amelia village in Mahan region of Singrauli district have taken a significant step towards asserting their rights over Mahan forests. The village level forest rights committee today kick...

Annual Report 2012

Publication | November 21, 2013 at 14:38

Greenpeace is a global organisation that uses non-violent direct action to tackle the most crucial threats to our planet's biodiversity and environment.

Greenpeace, RWAs and Women’s groups remind political parties of the public demands...

Press release | November 20, 2013 at 10:26

New Delhi, 19th November, 2013: As the national capital heads towards its assembly elections, Greenpeace along with 200 Resident Welfare Association (RWA) groups including United RWA Joint Action (URJA), and several women's organisations -...

Another Green Step

Blog entry by Vineet Mani | November 12, 2013

"It would be incredible if we are able to organise this workshop in Delhi Public School, Panipat," says Ms. Druhi Dasgupta in an excited tone over the phone. "But there is a tiny glitch," she adds, "We have not yet explored the...

Cyclone Phailin; a disaster uncalled for

Blog entry by Abhishek Pratap | October 17, 2013

In an earlier protest Greenpeace activists project a message to stop climate change on a cooling tower of the National Thermal Coal Plant. The morning after Cyclone Phailin struck the east coast with all its fury, the newspapers had...

Cyclone Phailin: The strongest in more than a decade

Blog entry by Samit Aich | October 12, 2013

As I write, I am fearfully watching the news from Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. Cyclone Phailin, the strongest in more than a decade, looks set to reach landfall in the next hour. Already early strong winds have been lashing the...

Coal India: misleading investors, destroying forests and jeopardizing India’s energy...

Blog entry by Ashish Fernandes | September 23, 2013

Nigahi coal mine in Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh. Coal mines like these destroy forests, tribal communities and wildlife. © Greenpeace / Sudhanshu Malhotra It appears that the world’s largest coal miner, destroyer of forests , tribal...

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