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

 

Tigers have a message for the Indian Prime Minister

Image | October 16, 2012 at 15:52

As Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh prepared for his key note speech to nearly 200 world politicians and international dignitaries at the UN’s Convention on Biodiversity, three Greenpeace activists accompanied by ‘Tigers’ from the...

The Great Indian Big Cat and Greenpeace's appeal to the PM at the UN Convention

Press release | October 16, 2012 at 15:03

October 16, Hyderabad: Today, as Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh prepared for his key note speech to nearly 200 world politicians and international dignitaries at the UN’s Convention on Biodiversity, three Greenpeace activists...

Forest Community Rights

Image gallery | October 15, 2012

Countering Coal

Publication | October 15, 2012 at 14:30

This report exposes the environmental damage and human rights violations against tribal and other forest dwellers in the forests of Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh, that are under threat from the Indian government’s massive coal expansion programme.

Halt violation of human rights in forests

Press release | October 15, 2012 at 14:04

Hyderabad/New Delhi, October 15, 2012: Today at the world’s largest conference on biodiversity in Hyderabad India, Kalpavriksh and Greenpeace released a new report exposing a catalogue of environmental damage and human rights violations against...

As an Indian, I speak out against Coal Crimes

Blog entry by Amala Akkineni | October 15, 2012

'Lights, camera, action' are three words I have become used to in my professional career. If my stint at Charminar is anything to go by, then 'Arrested 'is going to be a new phrase I will become accustomed to as an activist with...

Pick tigers over coal

Blog entry by Vinuta Gopal | October 12, 2012

Few countries can boast a national animal with the status as India. The tiger, as a symbol of India, is as recognisable as the Taj Mahal and as loved as Mahatma Gandhi. Yet this iconic emblem of India is under threat and perhaps most...

Civil society assails impact of coal mining & Coal power plants - on biodiversity

Press release | October 12, 2012 at 12:00

In a side event organized at CBD COP at Hyderabad on 12th October, a number of NGOs and Movement groups came together to decry adverse and debilitating impact of coal mining on the biodiversity and livelihoods of the people.

India must get its own house in order on biodiversity

Blog entry by Vanessa Atkinson | October 11, 2012

It's hard to throw a party and expect your guests to behave better than you do. Yet that is exactly what the Indian government is doing as it hosts a major international conference on biodiversity in Hyderabad. There's a word for that...

Amala Akkineni joins protest against coal mining

Video | October 11, 2012 at 13:01

The Greenpeace petition to the PM to save our forests has received over 2,40,000 signatures till date. This proves that there are a lot of concerned individuals but as citizens of this country we must all stand up to protect our natural resources...

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