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



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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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