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

 

Civil society slams Moily

Press release | February 3, 2014 at 15:55

New Delhi, February 3, 2014: In a strong show of unity, representatives from social and environmental movements today slammed the newly anointed environment minister, Veerappa Moily and the Prime Minister's Office for ignoring environmental and...

How L’Oreal committed to the ultimate makeover

Blog entry by Areeba Hamid | January 31, 2014

The world’s largest beauty and cosmetics company, L’Oreal, has made a landmark promise to remove forest destruction from the products they sell. "Because I'm Worth It" is a catchy slogan coined 40 years ago by the French cosmetics...

Freedom of speech doesn't come cheap

Blog entry by Heena Sharma | January 28, 2014

India is a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic and a republic nation. And it's enriched with magnificent flora and fauna, however due to globalization, modernization and industrialization, the natural wealth is soon dissipating.

Essar slaps a lawsuit on Greenpeace India

Blog entry by Samit Aich | January 28, 2014

This may sound unbelievable, but it's true. On Wednesday, 14 Greenpeace India activists scaled Essar's headquarters in Mahalakshmi and unfurled a huge banner. In retaliation, Essar has filed a lawsuit against Greenpeace India and...

Will you help us Protect Paradise in 2014?

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | January 24, 2014

When I read the daily newspaper here in Indonesia, it’s rare that there is not at least one big scandal or   exposé   related to the forest sector. Just this last weekend, land conflicts in a Kalimantan palm oil plantation made...

Excerpt From the Diary of Veerappa Moily

Blog entry by Shiwang Singh | January 22, 2014

'Dear Diary, What a day :) Today, I cleared 20 projects in one stroke. I must be improving really fast. I barely spend 5 minutes reading one. I am loving handling multiple portfolios. All my old friends from the...

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...

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