The purpose of the event is to draw together a select group of professionals with unique perspectives on biodiversity, trade and intellectual property rights (IPRs) for an informal brainstorming session on biotrade and its opportunities and challenges for advancement in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The workshop is being organized in the framework of a major regional initiative currently being implemented by UNDP in association with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), entitled "Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Why these are Important for Sustained Growth and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean".
The aim of this regional initiative is to generate a dialogue among prominent political leaders, representatives of the private sector and of civil society, and members of the academic community on the need for and advantages of incorporating conservation and sustainable ecosystem management into development plans, emphasizing the role that they play in economic development and equity in the region.
The results of this event will provide valuable input to the UNDP team preparing the regional biodiversity report.
Permanent Missions of the Latin American and Caribbean region, specifically representative(s) from the areas dealing with trade and/or multilateral environmental agreements, such as the CBD, are invited to attend.