BioTrade and CITES cooperation

ditcted-18072017-biotrade-topics-5-400.jpgSince 2001, under the BioTrade Initiative, UNCTAD and the CITES Secretariat have had a long-standing partnership to enhance the conservation of CITES-listed species, in order to improve the livelihoods of poor people in remote and marginal areas who harvest and trade in these species, and to promote opportunities for businesses that comply with CITES requirements and national legislation. The cooperation also encourages consultations between BioTrade partners and CITES authorities when including species listed in the CITES Appendices in BioTrade programmes and value chains; and facilitates capacity-building in developing countries on issues relating to the organization of value chains for species listed under CITES.

BioTrade Principles and Criteria (BT P&C) guide the intervention of activities to be implemented on the ground, for instance in the development of businesses, value chains and sectors. These principles include, inter alia, the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, legal compliance with national and international regulations, respect for the rights of actors – all of which are in line with CITES goals.

UNCTAD’s BioTrade and the CITES Secretariat, as well as selected Parties, have implemented concrete actions to support the sustainable management of species in a variety of sectors such as the personal care, pharmaceuticals, food, ornamentals with both flora and fauna, and fashion where CITES-listed species are being supported. CITES-listed species within these sectors, include, for example, Caiman yacare and vicuña for the fashion industry, paiche (Arapaima gigas) for the food sector, orchids and amphibians for the ornamental flora and fauna sectors, among others. In recent years, UNCTAD has also worked with CITES on traceability issues, such as for python skins in South-East Asia and non-timber plant species.


21 December 2018Successful trade-in-biodiversity cases shown at CITES meeting
16 November 2018Experts say trade in biodiversity offers win-win scenario
31 October 2013UNCTAD and CITES hold meeting on traceability system for international trade in python skins from South-East Asia







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