Costa Rica Country Programme

The National Biodiversity Institute (INBio) led the formulation process of the BioTrade National Program of Costa Rica with technical support from UNCTAD and with political support from the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE). The formulation process was developed from 2005 to 2006 and included:


  • The recommendation on the structure of an Advisory Board to the project with key representatives from the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC), the Ministry of Foreign Trade (COMEX), SINAC/MINAE and INBio
  • Two national workshops with different stakeholders for the conceptualization and validation of the definition, principles and criteria of BioTrade in the Costa Rican context
  • A study of the Offer and Demand of Goods and Services from Biodiversity and a workshop involving private sector representatives to identify potential demands based on the existing offer of products and services
  • The undertaking of an assessment of the legal framework for BioTrade in Costa Rica The elaboration of a national assessment focused on relevant BioTrade products and services condense the results of the activities that have been accomplished to date. The final product is a proposal for a BioTrade National Program of Costa Rica.


The following have been envisaged as important BioTrade sectors at the national level: Butterflies and Ecotourism
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