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

 

This Earth day, we made it Mahan

Blog entry by Swati Mehta | April 22, 2014

'We did it.' There's a cheerful ring to this phrase even without the exclaimation mark. Today's edition of the Business Standard in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bhopal and Ahmedabad has a full page ad asking our future government. 'Will...

Stand up for Forests on Earth day.

Blog entry by Bapi Mahanta | April 21, 2014

We now stand at cross-roads to shape the future of India. It’s upon us to give India a better future. A future where one is not oppressed and wronged for the benefit and profit of a select few. A future where one’s right is protected...

My journey to the Mahan Forest

Blog entry by Shashwati Shankar | April 18, 2014

In the depths of Mahan forest, the golden silence ceases to exist and the faint murmuring of birds echoes through the woods. The sound of dried leaves rustling through the wind and the rich scent of the earth infused with the...

Public pressure tells as Procter & Gamble finally agrees to clean up its palm oil act

Press release | April 9, 2014 at 16:30

Amsterdam, 8 April 2014: Procter and Gamble (P&G) has committed to a new No Deforestation policy that will remove forest destruction from its products and provide full traceability for all the palm oil and derivatives it uses. After weeks of...

Consumer power! Procter & Gamble decides to wash its bad palm oil away

Blog entry by Areeba Hamid | April 9, 2014

About 400,000 emails to Procter & Gamble CEO. Thousands of phone calls to P&G offices around the world. Dozens of protests throughout the planet. 7300 Sumatran orangutans at risk of being made homeless. ...

Thousands send a roar to P&G: Clean up your act!

Blog entry by Areeba Hamid | April 1, 2014

P&G was pretty scared of your #TigerRoar last weekend! We have just seen a letter the consumer goods giant sent to its business partners last week warning them of our day of action: “…it is likely that Greenpeace will continue...

India faces food shortages and development setbacks due to Climate Change: New UN report

Press release | March 31, 2014 at 15:55

New Delhi | March 31, 2014 | As the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report – released today in Japan – set off warning bells across the world, Greenpeace India urged Indian leaders to take cognizance of the warning in the...

Deforestation: A vicious cocktail for the climate

Blog entry by Dr. Janet Cotter and Sebastian Bock | March 28, 2014

Every few years, thousands of the world's most renowned climate scientists work together as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to present us with the latest scientific assessment of how we are doing in terms...

4 reasons we all should #StandForForests

Blog entry by Greg Norman | March 21, 2014

We cannot sustain life without healthy, thriving forests. That is why Greenpeace campaigns for their protection and on this International Day of Forests, we want to share with you a few reasons why you should help. 1. 300 million...

Half a million reasons for P&G to protect forests!

Blog entry by Areeba Hamid | March 8, 2014

Today is a milestone in the movement to Protect Paradise. Half a million of you have joined the call demanding forest-friendly products – and we're just getting started! In the last two weeks, you have been part of something big...

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