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.

UNCTAD is currently implementing the Global BioTrade Progreamme: Linking trade, biodiversity and sustainable development with the support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO. The objective of this four-year programme is to provide key stakeholders with the ability to size and capitalize on trade opportunities from linking biodiversity and sustainable development, thereby advancing the implementation of the SDGs, as well as the Aichi Targets and the Post Aichi framework.

ditcted-18072017-biotrade-topics-9-240.jpg 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
09-13 Sep 2019UN Trade Forum: SDGs and Climate ChangeGenevaSwitzerland
04 Jul 2019WTO A4T Side Event: Moving beyond SPS and TBT - Challenges of the Green MarketGenevaSwitzerland
02 Jul 2019Webinar – BioTrade and Access and Benefit-Sharing: Issues and Experiences in Implementation
07 May 2019Second Stakeholders Steering Committee (SSC) Meeting for BioTradeGenevaSwitzerland
01 Mar 2019UNCTAD and CITES jointly organise World Wildlife Day event – Life Below Water: For People and PlanetGenevaSwitzerland
15 Nov 2018Biological and Genetic Resources – innovations and supply chains in support of the SDGs and Agenda 2030Um Marikha Bay, Sharm El-SheikhEgypt
02 Oct 2018UNCTAD BioTrade / ITC sessions on sustainable consumption and productionGenevaSwitzerland
12-13 Sep 2018Taller Nacional: Promoviendo una implementación efectiva del Protocolo de Nagoya y el BioComercio LimaPeru
14 Aug 2018Webinar on Lessons from implementing BioTrade Principles and Criteria in Latin AmericaColombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil
16 Jul 2018BioTrade, Access and Benefit-Sharing in support of the SDGs: Entering a new alliance for economic growth, innovation and biodiversityNew YorkUnited States of America
13 Jul 2018Better Trade 4 the SDGsNew YorkUnited States of America
20 Jun 2018Ethical Sourcing Exchange (UEBT/UNCTAD)ParisFrance
07-08 Jun 2018Improving coordination on 'BioTrade and Access and Benefit Sharing' technical assistance for South-East AsiaLuang PrabangLao People’s Democratic Republic
05-06 Jun 2018Regional Mekong Workshop on Access and Benefit Sharing and BioTradeLuang PrabangLao People’s Democratic Republic
18 May 2018Lessons from implementing BioTrade Principles and Criteria Technical WorkshopGenevaSwitzerland
17 May 2018First Stakeholders Steering Committee Meeting for BioTradeGenevaSwitzerland
29 Nov 2017Side Event at the 69th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee: Traceability for Sustainable TradeGenevaSwitzerland
08 Jun 2017Blue BioTrade: Harnessing trade and investment for sustainable useNew YorkUnited States of America
03 Dec 2016IV BioTrade CongressCancunMexico
18 Oct 2016National Biodiversity Stategies and Action Plans Forum, UNEP–UNCTAD Webinar
22 Sep 2016Workshop on traceability systems for CITES Appendices II and III listed non-timber forest plant species (ornamental and medicinal plants)JohannesburgSouth Africa
21-22 Sep 2016Explorando la relación entre la implementación del Protocolo de Nagoya, el Acceso y Participación de Beneficios y el BioComercioLimaPeru
22-23 Aug 2016Identificación de barreras al comercio de productos colombianos de BioComercio y otros derivados de la biodiversidadBogotáColombia
18-19 Aug 2016Identificación de barreras al comercio de productos peruanos de BioComercio y otros derivados de la biodiversidadLimaPeru
19 Jul 2016From Trade to Sustainable and Creative Livelihoods: Biodiversity and Design – followed by a fashion showNairobiKenya
27-28 Jun 2016Addressing the intersection between the Nagoya Protocol, access and benefit sharing rules, and BioTradeHanoiViet Nam
23-24 Jun 2016Workshop on the identification of barriers to the trade of biodiversity based and BioTrade products from Viet NamHanoiViet Nam
11 Feb 2016Access and Benefit Sharing Rules under the Nagoya Protocol and Intellectual Property Rights (Cusco)CuscoPeru
08-09 Feb 2016Access and Benefit Sharing Rules under the Nagoya Protocol and Intellectual Property Rights (Lima)LimaPeru
13 Jan 2016Side Event at CITES 66th Standing Committe. Traceability Systems for Ornamental PlantsGenevaSwitzerland
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 Publications

 
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 News

 
Goal 15
24 July 2019Small producers need help to enter lucrative "green" markets
BioTrade
22 May 2019UNCTAD and Union for Ethical BioTrade team up to save biodiversity
Tippy Tea
19 February 2019Fair trade tea venture brings flavours of Ecuador to the world
CITES
21 December 2018Successful trade-in-biodiversity cases shown at CITES meeting
BioTrade
16 November 2018Experts say trade in biodiversity offers win-win scenario
BioTrade
19 October 2018Sustainable production and consumption safeguard biodiversity
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27 September 2018Peru's BioTrade sales reach new high but challenges to growth remain
BioTrade
22 August 2018BioTrade holds first webinar for Latin American partners
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27 July 2018Adding economic value to biodiversity will help save it
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26 July 2018Green exports can meet both economic and environmental needs
BioTrade
29 June 2018Partners commit to implement BioTrade and Access and Benefit Sharing programme in Mekong Region
BioTrade
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
BioTrade
03 December 2016BioTrade is growing exponentially, generating jobs and protecting biodiversity
CITES
30 September 2016Illegal trade accelerates wild plant extinctions, more transparency needed
BioTrade
28 September 2016Andean stakeholders discuss options for policy and regulatory reform for a BioTrade friendly implementation of the Nagoya Protocol
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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
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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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