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

 

Study reveals coal power emissions killed 100,000 Indians in 2012

Press release | March 12, 2013 at 10:00

March 11, 2013, New Delhi: A major new report has estimated that in 2011/12 one hundred thousand (100,000) people died prematurely as a result of emissions from coal-fired power stations in India.

People in Mahan fight for their rights

Blog entry by Rina D'Souza | March 7, 2013

Mahan, Singrauli, Waidhan.....these were names thrown at me even before I joined Greenpeace. All I knew was that there is a forest in eastern MadhyaPradesh and we were to set off hot air balloons and actor Abhay Deol was to be a part...

Activist Brikesh Singh to be a part of CNN IBN Citizen Journalist awards

Blog entry by Ignatius Thekaekara | March 1, 2013

Greenpeace activist Brikesh Singh has been invited to the CNN IBN Citizen Journalist (CJ) awards 2013. Citizen Journalist is an initiative by CNN IBN where viewers become reporters and armed with a camera they tell stories of injustice...

Jaitapur farmers resist monetary offers

Blog entry by Ignatius Thekaekara | February 15, 2013

Stay up-to-date on news related to the environment. Farmers in Jaitapur, Maharashtra are standing firm in their resolve to protest against the nuclear power plant. The Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), the promoter of the...

APP commits to end deforestation!

Blog entry by Bustar Maitar | February 5, 2013

Today was a day I have at times feared might never come, but I’ve just emerged from a packed press conference in Jakarta for the launch of Asia Pulp & Paper’s new ‘Forest Conservation Policy’ aimed to end its involvement in...

A Forest Conservation Policy

Image gallery | February 5, 2013

A Forest Conservation Policy

Image gallery | February 5, 2013

A Forest Conservation Policy

Image gallery | February 5, 2013

Supreme Court questions Centre's right to allocate coal blocks

Blog entry by Ignatius Thekaekara | January 25, 2013

Stay up-to-date on news related to the environment. The Supreme Court has questioned the Central government’s authority to allocate coal blocks to companies and has sought legal explanation as the statutory Act empowers only the...

Government hypocrisy risks pushing climate past point of no return

Blog entry by Aaron Gray-Block | January 23, 2013

Devastating storms and lives lost, houses destroyed, sweltering heat waves, menacing bushfires, plunging winter temperatures, droughts, floods and even snowstorms in the desert: this is the reality of our weather – it's not a forecast...

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