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

 

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...

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...

Mahan Villagers begin their Peaceful Van Stayagraha

Press release | February 27, 2014 at 14:14

Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh| February 27, 2014| Thousands of villagers including a large number of women and children from 12-14 villages in the Mahan region of Singrauli came together for a mass public rally in Amelia Village to oppose mining in...

Procter & Gamble brings rainforest destruction into bathrooms, says Greenpeace

Press release | February 26, 2014 at 11:30

New Delhi/Jakarta, 26 February 2014 – Procter & Gamble, which makes Head & Shoulders, is sourcing palm oil from companies connected to orangutan habitat clearance in Indonesia, making consumers part of a widespread forest destruction scandal.

Greenpeace Activists Embarrass Moily and Essar

Press release | February 14, 2014 at 14:15

14th February, New Delhi: Today, on Valentine's Day, as the environment minister Veerappa Moily hobnobbed with head honchos of leading companies including Essar Oil and Essar Foundation, Greenpeace India staged a peaceful protest at the National...

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...

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 which read, 'We kill forests: Essar'. The banner also had pictures of the union minister of environment and forest...

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...

Greenpeace, RWAs and Women’s groups remind political parties of the public demands...

Press release | November 20, 2013 at 10:26

New Delhi, 19th November, 2013: As the national capital heads towards its assembly elections, Greenpeace along with 200 Resident Welfare Association (RWA) groups including United RWA Joint Action (URJA), and several women's organisations -...

Coal India Hiding the Truth about Reserves from Investors

Press release | September 23, 2013 at 13:38

Mumbai, September 23, 2013: Research by Greenpeace has found that the world’s largest coal producer, Coal India Limited, is misleading potential shareholders by concealing the true level of its extractable reserves, as it prepares to sell...

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