BioTrade Facilitation Programme (BTFP)

BTFP III (Launching date: November 24 2015)

BTFP Launch event 1: ditc-ted-03112015-PeerReview-icon.jpgPeer review on the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol and its impact over certain aspects of BioTrade. The peer review exercise, which will take place on 24 November at the Palais des Nations, will present the first draft of the scoping paper titled “Facilitating BioTrade in a Challenging Access and Benefit Sharing Policy and Legal Environment: Options for Improved Action”.

ditc-ted-06112015-biotradeSDG-icon.jpgBTFP Launch event 2: Briefing on "Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals: Trade in biodiversity-based goods and services" The 2030 Agenda seeks to bring about transformations that benefit the people and the planet, and that enhance partnerships. In this regard, the briefing will also provide practical cases, such as those related to the BioTrade Initiative and others led by private stakeholders, that contribute to biodiversity sustainability and sustainable use and that can help achieve the SDGs. Several short and focused presentations will be made by speakers, followed by discussion among participants.

UNCTAD's BioTrade Initiative is a practical programme that can make a concrete contribution to sustainable development.

During the briefings on November 24-25 2015, the third phase of the BioTrade Facilitation Programme (BTFP III), which is a partnership between UNCTAD and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), will be launched.

This Programme aims to mainstream BioTrade in relevant multilateral, regional and national processes and strengthen the policy and regulatory environment for BioTrade sectors so as to enable key stakeholders (governments, communities and companies) to take advantage of policy options and strategies available for leveraging BioTrade sectors.

To achieve this goal, three components will be implemented:

  1. Mainstreaming BioTrade in sustainable sourcing and use in sustainable development strategies, including in global biodiversity targets;
  2. Identifying barriers to trade of biodiversity-based products; and
  3. Understanding and mapping policy options on certain aspects of the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing on BioTrade.


The second phase of the BTFP was launched in April 2008. The goal of the BTFP II is to facilitate sustainable trade in biodiversity products and services, through innovative collaborative arrangements that will enhance sustainable bio-resource management, product development, value-added processing and market entry, product differentiation and to improve access to trade and pre-export finance, giving a voice to BioTrade in the policy environment that affects such trade.

In contrast to the 1st phase (see below: BTFP I), it puts more emphasis on the private sector involvement in implementing BioTrade. Two new components have been introduced for this purpose: the Andean Association BioNativa and the Union for Ethical BioTrade. This second phase also turned its attention towards financing BioTrade companies through a partnership with IFC. Finally, the governance and project administration has been significantly changed to allow for the up-scaling of BTFP. Activities are funded by the Danish, Dutch and Swiss governments.


The first phase of the BioTrade Facilitation Programme was launched in response to the need of Latin American and African partners for support in trade promotion and market access. Its objective was to facilitate sustainable trade in biodiversity-based products and services, through innovative collaborative arrangements aiming to enhance sustainable bio-resources management, product development, value-added processing and marketing.

More information on BTFP I



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