Andean Regional Programme

The Andean BioTrade Programme was launched in September 2002 during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) and is recognized as a type-II partnership of the Summit. This regional programme is a partnership between UNCTAD, the General Secretariat of the Andean Community (SGCAN) and the Andean Development Corporation (CAF).

The Andean BioTrade Programme aims to:

  • Support the Andean Regional Biodiversity Strategy; Support national BioTrade programs in the Andean countries (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru);
  • Foster the development of biodiversity markets in accordance with the principle of sustainable use;
  • Build capacity for the introduction and adaptation of new technologies for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity;
  • Support the creation of an enabling institutional environment for the development of markets for biodiversity products and services; and
  • Support the mobilization of additional financing sources for bio-businesses in the Andean region.

Under the Andean BioTrade Programme, regional coordination meetings have been held contributing to the sharing of experiences, knowledge and visions among the Andean countries. CAF, through the BioCAF programme, is implementing the GEF/CAF/UNEP project "Facilitation of financing for biodiversity-based businesses and support of market development activities in the Andean Region". This project started in April 2009 and aims to aims to protect and sustainably use biodiversity in the Andean region through support to the BioTrade sector. Beneficiary countries include Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

The SGCAN, with the support of the Government of Finland, started the implementation of the Regional Amazon Biodiversity Programme for the Member States of the Andean Community - BioCAN (in Spanish: Programa Regional de Biodiversidad en la Amazonia de los Paises Miembros de la CAN ).

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