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


Greenpeace Campaigner addresses British MPs via Skype

Press release | January 14, 2015 at 1:39

New Delhi, 14 January 2015: Greenpeace India campaigner, Priya Pillai stuck to her commitment of taking the voices of struggle from Mahan to a global stage and addressed a gathering of British Parliamentarians at the Parliament in London today.

Greenpeace Campaigner demands explanation on alleged ‘lookout circular’ against her

Press release | January 11, 2015 at 22:16

New Delhi, 12 January 2015: A day after Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai was ‘offloaded’ and barred from leaving the country she has shot a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs. Pillai, a senior campaigner with the organisation has demanded...

Greenpeace employee “Offloaded” at Delhi Airport: NGO demands explanation from the...

Press release | January 10, 2015 at 20:43

New Delhi, 11 January 2015: In yet another incident of government clampdown on Greenpeace India, Priya Pillai, Senior Campaigner with the organisation was stopped at the New Delhi airport, this morning by the immigration office and denied to get...

‘Malicious Report Riddled with Mistruths’: Greenpeace India

Press release | June 18, 2014 at 22:08

New Delhi, 19 June 2014: Greenpeace India today rubbished allegations made by the two IB reports that were leaked consecutively within one week. Greenpeace India believes that this leak is a concerted effort by parties with vested interest to...

‘Demand of ‘sab ka saath sab ka vikas’ does not stall Economy’: Greenpeace India

Press release | June 11, 2014 at 0:37

11 June 2014, New Delhi: Greenpeace India today rubbished the allegations, which were leveled by an Intelligence Bureau report that was shared with the Indian Express. The said report submitted to the PMO alleges that foreign funded NGOs (mainly...

The World is Mahan

Press release | May 18, 2014 at 0:32

Volunteers defy national borders in a show of support to save Mahan forests in Singrauli; 133 cities join hands to save Mahan

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

Press release | April 8, 2014 at 23:00

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 30, 2014 at 22:25

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 26, 2014 at 20:44

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 25, 2014 at 18:00

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.

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