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
14-15 Sep 2006Informal expert workshop on practical guidelines for equitable sharing of benefits of biological resources in BioTrade activitiesParisFrance
16-17 Oct 2006BTFP National Value Chain Analysis Workshop for the natural ingredients sector in VietnamHanoiViet Nam
14-15 Nov 2006UNCTAD/ MEA Workshop: Biodiversity and the Global Market EconomyGenevaSwitzerland
12-13 Dec 2006BTFP Regional workshop: Sustainable Trade of Arapaima gigas in the Amazon RegionRio de JaneiroBrazil
11 May 2007Private sector engagement in biodiversity-related conventions Special focus on the sector of natural ingredients for the cosmetics and food industriesGenevaSwitzerland
20-25 Apr 2008BioTrade at UNCTAD XIIAccraGhana
19-30 May 2008BioTrade at the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP9) of the CBDBonnGermany
06-07 Nov 2008African Technical Workshop on the Impact Assessment System for BioTradeJohannesburgSouth Africa
15 Feb 2012Value Chain Analysis Workshop for the Natural Ingredients, Rattan and Ecotourism SectorsJakartaIndonesia
12 Apr 2012The beauty industry and biodiversity in emerging marketsParisFrance
15-16 May 2012Launching of the BioTrade programme in VietnamHanoiViet Nam
18 Jun 2012BioTrade Congress: Biodiversity - The Life of the Green EconomyRio de Janeiro, BrazilBrazil
19 Jun 2012Advisory Committee Meeting of the Fashion and Cosmetic BioTrade Platform (FCBP)Rio de JaneiroBrazil
25-28 Jun 2012Experiences exchanged between BioTrade Vietnam - BioTrade PeruLimaPeru
25 Sep 2012TDB 59th Session - Lunch Event BioTrade:Trade working for biodiversity in practiceSwitzerland
12 Mar 2013UNCTAD/CITES Roundtable on Traceability Systems at CITES COP 16BangkokThailand
25 Mar-07 Apr 2013Curso en formación a distancia de Biocomercio y Desarrollo de Cadenas de ValorOnline
17-18 Oct 2013UNCTAD–CITES Meeting: Traceability systems for managing international trade in South East Asian python skinsGenevaSwitzerland
11-13 Dec 2013Second BioTrade Congress: Integrating REDD+ projects into BioTrade strategiesGenevaSwitzerland
20 Jan-15 Feb 2014e-Learning course on: Integrating REDD+ Projects into BioTrade Strategies
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
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
12 Oct 20143rd BioTrade Congress: Promoting Sustainable use through Business EngagementPyeongchangRepublic of Korea
10 Dec 2014BioTrade, market innovation and social inclusion in climate diverse scenarios - Side event to the UNFCCC COP 20LimaPeru
24 Nov 2015Peer review on the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol, and its Impact over Certain Aspects of BioTradeGenevaSwitzerland
25 Nov 2015Briefing on Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Trade in biodiversity-based goods and servicesGenevaSwitzerland
13 Jan 2016Side Event at CITES 66th Standing Committe. Traceability Systems for Ornamental PlantsGenevaSwitzerland
08-09 Feb 2016Access and Benefit Sharing Rules under the Nagoya Protocol and Intellectual Property Rights (Lima)LimaPeru
11 Feb 2016Access and Benefit Sharing Rules under the Nagoya Protocol and Intellectual Property Rights (Cusco)CuscoPeru
23-24 Jun 2016Workshop on the identification of barriers to the trade of biodiversity based and BioTrade products from Viet NamHanoiViet Nam
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 News

 
SDG 14
12 June 2017New Blue BioTrade initiative announced at the UN Ocean Conference
BioTrade
03 December 2016BioTrade is growing exponentially, generating jobs and protecting biodiversity
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30 September 2016Illegal trade accelerates wild plant extinctions, more transparency needed
BioTrade
28 September 2016Andean stakeholders discuss options for policy and regulatory reform for a BioTrade friendly implementation of the Nagoya Protocol
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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
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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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08 July 2016Laos government sees bright future for organic farming
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08 March 2016Helping Peru protect and benefit from its biodiversity
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25 November 2015New BioTrade project to promote sustainable trade of products derived from biodiversity
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25 November 2015Impact of the Nagoya Protocol for BioTrade business and practitioners
BioTrade
08 October 2015Growing international demand for BioTrade products: opportunities and challenges
CAF Development Bank of Latin America
18 May 2015Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and UNCTAD formalize partnership
03 March 2015UNCTAD supports Ecuador's campaign to promote key exports in international markets
03 March 2015Ecuador's ratification of the Nagoya Protocol presented to parliamentarian and other stakeholders
17 December 2014Market incentives to address conservation and climate change discussed at Lima conference
16 October 2014Stakeholders identify tools and recommendations for sustainability practices at the III BioTrade Congress in Pyeongchang, Korea
08 October 2014UNCTAD Secretary-General Kituyi hails the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity
07 October 2014Third BioTrade Congress to highlight “Promoting Sustainable Use through Business Engagement”
20 February 2014Trade central to sustainable use of biodiversity-based resources, meeting told
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