BioTrade Facilitation Programme (BTFP)

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

During the briefings on 24-25 November 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), was 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.
 

 BTFP III

 

BTFP III

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.
 

 BTFP II

 

​BTFP II

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.

 

 BTFP I

 

​BTFP I

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.

 

 BTFP partners

 
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) was established in 1964. It promotes the development-friendly integration of developing countries into the world economy. UNCTAD has progressively evolved into an authoritative knowledge-based institution whose work aims to help shape current policy debates and thinking on development, with a particular focus on ensuring that domestic policies and international action are mutually supportive in bringing about sustainable development. UNCTAD launched the BioTrade Initiative in 1996 and is working with partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America. UNCTAD has been the pioneer of the BTFP, jointly with the ITC.http://www.unctad.org

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is a member of the World Bank Group. Its creation in 1956 represented the first step taken by the global community to foster private sector investment in developing countries. The IFC operates a global trade finance programme through 41 issuing banks (more than 80 confirming banks) in 21 countries. The programme is designed for SMEs, supporting deals as small as US$ 10,000; eighty percent of the business under this programme consists of deals smaller than US$1 million. The IFC facility funds between 80% and 100% of deal value. The partnership between IFC and BioTrade actors has been developed during the second phase of the BioTrade Facilitation Programme (BTFP II) with the aim of facilitating the 'access to finance' for BioTrade companies. http://www.ifc.org/

The International Trade Centre (ITC) is the technical cooperation agency of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) for operational, enterprise-oriented aspects of trade development. ITC was created in 1964. It supports developing and transition economies, and particularly their business sector, in their efforts to realize their full potential for developing exports and improving import operations. Together with UNCTAD, the ITC has been the pioneer of the BTFP. http://www.intracen.org/

PhytoTrade Africa was established in 2002 as the Southern African Natural Products Trade Association. PhytoTrade Africa’s overall objective is: "to enable poor rural communities in the region to generate supplementary incomes through the sustainable exploitation of natural products." Its mission statement is: "to develop a viable and enduring natural products industry in the region, engaged in both domestic and export trade, and based on resources accessible to poor rural communities." The BTFP supports PhytoTrade Africa in developing a viable and enduring natural products industry within the Southern African region, based on natural resources that are accessible to poor rural producers. The trade association is a BTFP partner since September 2002, when the partnership was signed at the WSSD. http://www.phytotradeafrica.com/index.html

BioNativa is a Regional Trade Association in the Andean region, established in 2006 and following the example of PhytoTrade Africa. It comprises enterprises from Andean countries: Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, but it is not restricted to these countries. Its main objective is the development of the natural ingredients sector in the Andean and Amazon region, taking into account the implementation of BioTrade Principles and Criteria. It mainly focuses on market and business development, effective product development and product validation for a limited range of selected native species. Efforts are also undertaken on legal aspects, standard development and providing guidance on value chain development in the respective countries. The partnership between BioNativa and BioTrade actors has been developed during the second phase of the BioTrade Facilitation Programme (BTFP II). http://www.bionativabolivia.com/opcion1/index.html

The Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) is a membership based private sector-driven organisation. The Union was created in May 2007 in response to the need for differentiation of BioTrade products in the market, as articulated by companies in developing countries that have been participating in export promotion programmes. The UEBT seeks to engage the private sector in the sustainable use of biodiversity and other natural resources and promote market awareness and recognition for BioTrade. It offers guidance to private sector enterprises and generates business opportunities by creating a network of like-minded organizations. UEBT members’ commitment of working towards compliance of the BioTrade Principles and Criteria is verified through a verification system. The partnership between the UEBT and BioTrade actors has been developed during the second phase of the BioTrade Facilitation Programme (BTFP II). http://www.ethicalbiotrade.org/

The Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO) is one of the economic development instruments of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). It promotes the competitiveness of emerging markets and markets in transition. By using trade promotion programmes and the associated matchmaking instruments, SIPPO helps small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets and markets in transition to enter the Swiss and European Union markets, and provides Swiss importers with assistance in finding new products, new suppliers and new sourcing markets. The partnership between SIPPO and BioTrade actors has been developed during the first phase of the BioTrade Facilitation Programme (BTFP I). http://www.sippo.ch/internet/osec/en/home/import.html

The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI) was established in 1971 as an agency of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Its mission is to contribute to the economic development by strengthening the competitiveness of companies from developing countries exporting to the European Union. CBI considers social values and compliance with the most relevant environmental requirements to be an integral part of its policy and activities. The partnership between CBI and BioTrade actors has been developed during the first phase of the BioTrade Facilitation Programme (BTFP I). http://www.cbi.eu/

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