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

 

Uphold the Forests Rights Act

Blog entry by Nikita Saha | April 26, 2013

A watering hole in the Sanjay Dubri Tiger Reserve. © Dhritiman Mukherjee / Greenpeace The Forest Rights Act (FRA) is a legislation which covers a variety of environment related causes, one of them being the rights of the forest...

Greenpeace activists’ occupation of MV Meister sparks anti-coal debate in Australia

Blog entry by Arpana Udupa | April 25, 2013

Gaurav, and the 5 activists camped the whole night on the ship, had a simple meal, saw a few shooting stars and generally conversed with the crew of the ship. I got a chance to speak to Gaurav in the night. He seemed relaxed and okay...

Live blog: what do you want us to do? Stop climate change, ofcourse!

Blog entry by Arpana Udupa | April 24, 2013

Five hours later, the situation remains the same. The ship continues to move forward and we continue to follow it. The activists on board are safe and sound, and we are continuously checking on them, waving from the safety rhib (rigid...

Australia’s coal can help the world- by remaining in the ground!

Blog entry by Arpana Udupa | April 24, 2013

It started at 11 in the morning here and about 7 am in India. Its been more than 4 hours since 6 activists have boarded the MV Meister which is carrying coal to Asia in an act of civil disobedience to stop coal exports from Australia.

Australia's Great Barrier Reef threatened by coal mining

Blog entry by Arpana Udupa | April 20, 2013

Image: Darren Jew/Greenpeace I joined the Rainbow Warrior III in Townsville, a city in the north-eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. After catching up with my Australian counterparts on the campaign and tour, I found myself in a...

Rainbow Warrior III on a voyage to protect Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Blog entry by Arpana Udupa | April 19, 2013

Image: ©Tom Jefferson/Greenpeace. Greenpeace’s heart lies in its ships since that’s how this organisation came about- a group of determined people risked their lives by taking a fishing boat to Amchitka island (off the coast of...

Paranjoy Guha Thakurta and Greenpeace launch documentary film 'Coal Curse'

Press release | April 16, 2013 at 17:08

16th April 2013, New Delhi: At a time when the country is reeling under a severe power crisis, eminent journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta launched his documentary film “Coal Curse” in New Delhi today. The film release has been timed to question...

Urbanisation destroying natural habitats & killing wildlife

Blog entry by Natasha Adlakha | April 15, 2013

March, 2013: An elephant died after being hit by a goods train near Ghatagon in Keonjhar district  January, 2013: Three elephant’s dead and one critically injured in the Jalpaiguri district December, 2012: Six elephants run...

Protecting farmers from future drought does not need “extreme measures” but a strong...

Blog entry by Jai Krishna Ranganathan | April 9, 2013

An open letter to Deputy Chief Minister Maharashtra, Mr Ajit Anantrao Pawar. Respected Sir, Greenpeace India is appalled at the callous and insensitive comments made by you as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, in Indapur,...

Mahan Sangharsh Samiti gathering more local support for forest rights

Blog entry by Akshay Gupta | April 4, 2013

The sound of tribal songs filled the air, Sela - a tribal dance, set the atmosphere for more than 250 devotees from the village; they began offering prasad from the puja of 'Dih Baba' (forest God). Simultaneously, the Mahan Company...

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