BioTrade Initiative - Linking trade, biodiversity and sustainable development

Coordination: UNCTAD, BioTrade Initiative
Duration: April 2018 – March 2022
Donor: Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO
Geographical coverage: Global, with emphasis in the Mekong and Southern African subregions

In 2018, UNCTAD with the support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO began implementation of the Programme UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative - Linking trade, biodiversity and sustainable development. This programme builds partnerships to seize trade opportunities for linking biodiversity with sustainable development thereby advancing the implementation of the SDGs, particularly SDG 15 and 17.


UNCTAD’s BioTrade Initiative coordinates the programme in close collaboration with partners, including: MEAs Secretariats with CBD and CITES, International Trade Centre (ITC), Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation, Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO), the ABS Initiative, PhytoTrade-Africa, the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT), Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), and national and regional BioTrade Programmes in Asia, Africa and Latin America, among others.


Through this programme, UNCTAD will steer, manage and actively collaborate with partners and other stakeholders to implement programme activities that focus on three specific areas:

  1. Increased coordination and knowledge sharing among stakeholders;
  2. Enabled policy environment for BioTrade companies at the national and international levels; and
  3. Facilitated market linkages for companies selling BioTrade-related products.

Effective coordination is paramount to avoid duplication of efforts, enhance synergies, benefit from lessons learned, and effectively link trade with biodiversity sustainably and poverty alleviation. A central part of the programme is the Stakeholders Steering Committee (SSC), which is expected to define a four-year workplan known as the Roadmap.


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