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

 

Say NO to fossil fuels. YES to renewables

Video | May 27, 2013 at 16:49

Renewable energy must become the mainstream source of energy and not just a backup option. We need to actively harness the power of natural resources available to us, like the sun and the wind.

Brikesh Tries to Meet Dr. Manmohan Singh

Video | October 19, 2012 at 16:48

They were stopped at the door of the conference hall where the PM was making his speech. Later they detained for 5 hours. Greenpeace delegate and activist Brikesh Singh, who recently spent a month occupying a tree at the edge of the Tadoba --...

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...

Activists occupy trees outside Coal Ministry

Video | September 18, 2012 at 13:06

The government's plant to mine coal in the forests of Central India will destroy wildlife and the livelihoods of thousands of communities dependent on these forests. Greenpeace India has been campaigning against coal mining, and wants the...

Brikesh arrives at the tree house

Video | September 6, 2012 at 16:43

Taking the protest against coal mining to the next level, Greenpeace activist Brikesh Singh has occupied a tree in a forest on the edge of a coal mine in Chandrapur, Maharastra. He'll leave after a month and deliver 100,000 signatures to the...

Brikesh arrives at the tree house

Video | September 6, 2012 at 16:43

Taking the protest against coal mining to the next level, Greenpeace activist Brikesh Singh has occupied a tree in a forest on the edge of a coal mine in Chandrapur, Maharastra. He'll leave after a month and deliver 100,000 signatures to the...

Brikesh arrives at the tree house

Video | September 6, 2012 at 16:43

Taking the protest against coal mining to the next level, Greenpeace activist Brikesh Singh has occupied a tree in a forest on the edge of a coal mine in Chandrapur, Maharastra. He'll leave after a month and deliver 100,000 signatures to the...

Fish disappearing

Video | June 11, 2012 at 12:00

If we continue to fish in an unsustainable manner, it will have far reaching consequences on our economy, on 15 million people who are employed directly or indirectly in the fisheries sector and on ecology. We need change, the oceans need protection.

"Big Miracle" Premiere

Video | January 27, 2012 at 18:46

Drew Barrymore portrays Greenpeace activist Cindy Lowry (called Rachel Kramer in the movie) in the new feature film Big Miracle. At the premiere in Washington DC she talked to us about what she learned about Greenpeace and her respect for our...

"Big Miracle" Premiere

Video | January 27, 2012 at 18:46

Drew Barrymore portrays Greenpeace activist Cindy Lowry (called Rachel Kramer in the movie) in the new feature film Big Miracle. At the premiere in Washington DC she talked to us about what she learned about Greenpeace and her respect for our...

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