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.

ditcted-18072017-biotrade-topics-9-240.jpgThe BTFP complements the UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative activities. It is currently in its third phase (BTFP III), with various partners implementing its objectives.​​

The next 20 years: Upscaling BioTrade and the 2030 Agenda

In the past 20 years, BioTrade has expanded in terms of the number of partners and practitioners involved, sectors and geographical coverage. BioTrade has been mainstreamed at both national and international levels, for instance in the Decisions of the Parties to the CBD and CITES, discussions at the United Nations General Assembly, as well as within development banks, the private sector, civil society and markets. A strong network of partners and practitioners has been established and is being expanded continuously to cover evolving needs of beneficiaries, document lessons learned and address relevant emerging issues. Further efforts from BioTrade partners should continue documenting, disseminating and measuring its impact and contribution to sustainable development, SDGs and the Aichi Targets at all levels.

 

 

 Meetings and Events

 
Start DateTitleLocationCountry
23 Mar 2010Side event at the COP15 of CITES: Roundtable on businesses, markets and biodiversity - Connecting consumers to the sourceDohaQatar
07 Apr 2010BioTrade Potential for Growth and SustainabilityGenevaSwitzerland
14 Apr 2010In-cosmetics Seminar: Going Beyond natural and organic - How biodiversity is shaping the cosmetics industryParisFrance
25 Jun 2010Workshop on Value Chain Development in Northern UgandaKampalaUganda
14 Jul 2010First Joint Meeting of the Advisory Committees for Cosmetics and Fashion Biodiversity PlatformsLondonUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
07-08 Oct 2010Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on the Green Economy: Trade and Sustainable Development ImplicationsGenevaSwitzerland
19 Oct 2010Greening Trade for Biodiversity Conservation - How the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity can be mainstreamed into business activities and value chainNagoyaJapan
27 Oct 2010Going beyond mitigation: how can private sector drive biodiversity conservation?NagoyaJapan
31 Mar 2011Advisory Committee Meeting of the Fashion and Cosmetics Industry Biodiversity PlatformMilanItaly
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 I: 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 2013BioTrade Congress II: 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 2014BioTrade Congress III: 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
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 News

 
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17 October 2017BioTrade businesses become drivers of legal access and benefit sharing in biodiversity-rich countries
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08 September 2017Viet Nam strengthens its partnership with UNCTAD on sustainable use of biodiversity, access and benefit sharing and BioTrade
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12 June 2017New Blue BioTrade initiative announced at the UN Ocean Conference
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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
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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
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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
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08 October 2015Growing international demand for BioTrade products: opportunities and challenges
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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
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