About BioTrade

BioTradeBioTrade refers to those activities of collection, production, transformation, and commercialization of goods and services derived from native biodiversity under the criteria of environmental, social and economic sustainability.

BioTrade Initiative

Since its launch by UNCTAD in 1996, the BioTrade Initiative has been promoting sustainable BioTrade in support of the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative has developed a unique portfolio of regional and country programmes.

Since 2003 the BioTrade Initiative has also hosted the BioTrade Facilitation Programme (BTFP) which focuses on enhancing sustainable bio-resources management, product development, value adding processing and marketing.

The BTFP complements the UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative activities. It is currently in its third phase (BTFP III), with various partners implementing its objectives.​​


 Meetings and Events

Start DateTitleLocationCountry
20 Jan-15 Feb 2014e-Learning course on: Integrating REDD+ Projects into BioTrade Strategies
25 Sep 2012TDB 59th Session - Lunch Event BioTrade:Trade working for biodiversity in practiceSwitzerland
07 Apr 2010UNDP/UNCTAD Informal Brainstorming Session: BioTrade Potential for Growth and Sustainability
12 Mar 2013UNCTAD/CITES Roundtable on Traceability Systems at CITES COP 16BangkokThailand
11-13 Dec 2013Second BioTrade Congress: Integrating REDD+ projects into BioTrade strategiesGenevaSwitzerland
17-18 Oct 2013UNCTAD–CITES Meeting: Traceability systems for managing international trade in South East Asian python skinsGenevaSwitzerland
15-16 May 2012Launching of the BioTrade programme in VietnamHanoiViet Nam
15 Feb 2012Value Chain Analysis Workshop for the Natural Ingredients, Rattan and Ecotourism SectorsJakartaIndonesia
10 Dec 2014BioTrade, market innovation and social inclusion in climate diverse scenarios - Side event to the UNFCCC COP 20LimaPeru
25-28 Jun 2012Experiences exchanged between BioTrade Vietnam - BioTrade PeruLimaPeru
05 Feb 2014Sustainability at the Intersection of Trade, Environment and Development. UNCTAD-CITES-OAS side event event to the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development GoalsNew YorkUnited States of America
25 Mar-07 Apr 2013Curso en formación a distancia de Biocomercio y Desarrollo de Cadenas de ValorOnline
12 Apr 2012The beauty industry and biodiversity in emerging marketsParisFrance
12 Oct 20143rd BioTrade Congress: Promoting Sustainable use through Business EngagementPyeongchangRepublic of Korea
19 Jun 2012Advisory Committee Meeting of the Fashion and Cosmetic BioTrade Platform (FCBP)Rio de JaneiroBrazil
18 Jun 2012BioTrade Congress: Biodiversity - The Life of the Green EconomyRio de Janeiro, BrazilBrazil
29 Apr 2014UNCTAD/CITES/PCP side event at the 27th Meeting of the CITES AC: Innovative initiatives for the sustainable management of CITES Appendix II listed speciesVeracruzMexico
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30 September 2016Illegal trade accelerates wild plant extinctions, more transparency needed
28 September 2016Andean stakeholders discuss options for policy and regulatory reform for a BioTrade friendly implementation of the Nagoya Protocol
23 August 2016Nutmeg revival helps Aceh, Indonesia, recover after years of conflict
Vietnam BioTrade
13 July 2016Vietnam's BioTrade exporters want more transparent trade measures
08 July 2016Viet Nam focuses on Access and Benefit Sharing under BioTrade through developing new regulations for sustainable use of biodiversity
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