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
25-28 Jun 2012Experiences exchanged between BioTrade Vietnam - BioTrade PeruLimaPeru
19 Jun 2012Advisory Committee Meeting of the Fashion and Cosmetic BioTrade Platform (FCBP)Rio de JaneiroBrazil
18 Jun 2012BioTrade Congress I: Biodiversity - The Life of the Green EconomyRio de Janeiro, BrazilBrazil
15-16 May 2012Launching of the BioTrade programme in VietnamHanoiViet Nam
12 Apr 2012The beauty industry and biodiversity in emerging marketsParisFrance
15 Feb 2012Value Chain Analysis Workshop for the Natural Ingredients, Rattan and Ecotourism SectorsJakartaIndonesia
31 Mar 2011Advisory Committee Meeting of the Fashion and Cosmetics Industry Biodiversity PlatformMilanItaly
27 Oct 2010Going beyond mitigation: how can private sector drive biodiversity conservation?NagoyaJapan
19 Oct 2010Greening Trade for Biodiversity Conservation - How the sustainable use and conservation of biodiversity can be mainstreamed into business activities and value chainNagoyaJapan
07-08 Oct 2010Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on the Green Economy: Trade and Sustainable Development ImplicationsGenevaSwitzerland
14 Jul 2010First Joint Meeting of the Advisory Committees for Cosmetics and Fashion Biodiversity PlatformsLondonUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
25 Jun 2010Workshop on Value Chain Development in Northern UgandaKampalaUganda
14 Apr 2010In-cosmetics Seminar: Going Beyond natural and organic - How biodiversity is shaping the cosmetics industryParisFrance
07 Apr 2010BioTrade Potential for Growth and SustainabilityGenevaSwitzerland
23 Mar 2010Side event at the COP15 of CITES: Roundtable on businesses, markets and biodiversity - Connecting consumers to the sourceDohaQatar
18 Feb 2010Strategy Meeting. Promoting the Sustainable Sourcing of Reptile LeathersLondonUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
20-21 Jan 2010Redefining Sustainability in the International Agenda: Inspiring Greater Engagement in Biodiversity IssuesGenevaSwitzerland
30 Nov-03 Dec 2009CBD Third meeting on Business and the 2010 Biodiversity ChallengeJakartaIndonesia
24 Nov 2009Private Actors as Leaders in Conserving and Using Biodiversity SustainablyGenevaSwitzerland
26-28 Oct 2009Latin American Seminar on Sustainable use of Medical Plants and BioTradePanama CityPanama
11 Sep 2009First meeting of the Commission for Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Finance and DevelopmentNew YorkUnited States of America
25 Mar 2009BioTrade activities with Natural Ingredients in VietnamHanoiViet Nam
06-07 Nov 2008African Technical Workshop on the Impact Assessment System for BioTradeJohannesburgSouth Africa
19-30 May 2008BioTrade at the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP9) of the CBDBonnGermany
20-25 Apr 2008BioTrade at UNCTAD XIIAccraGhana
20 Jun 2007Positive to Nature - Special Exhibition on Biodiversity Products, Nature FairBaselSwitzerland
20 Jun 2007UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative - BTFP - Andean BioTrade ProgrammeQuitoEcuador
16 Jun 2007Workshop for validating the Amazon Assessment Study for PeruTarapotoPeru
11 May 2007Private sector engagement in biodiversity-related conventions Special focus on the sector of natural ingredients for the cosmetics and food industriesGenevaSwitzerland
12-13 Dec 2006BTFP Regional workshop: Sustainable Trade of Arapaima gigas in the Amazon RegionRio de JaneiroBrazil
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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
SDG 14
12 June 2017New Blue BioTrade initiative announced at the UN Ocean Conference
03 December 2016BioTrade is growing exponentially, generating jobs and protecting biodiversity
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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08 July 2016Laos government sees bright future for organic farming
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08 March 2016Helping Peru protect and benefit from its biodiversity
25 November 2015New BioTrade project to promote sustainable trade of products derived from biodiversity
25 November 2015Impact of the Nagoya Protocol for BioTrade business and practitioners
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
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