Registration: Webex Event link coming soon (as at 16 Feb 2021).
UNCTAD in collaboration with the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) launched a regional project titled "Seizing the trade and business potential of Blue BioTrade products for promoting sustainable livelihoods and conservation of marine diversity in selected OECS countries (Blue BioTrade project)" in October 2020. The project aims to empower small scale coastal operators from Grenada, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines to produce and trade queen conch products in domestic, regional, and international markets under the Blue BioTrade environmental, social and economic sustainability criteria, including CITES.
Queen Conch is an iconic specie for the wider Caribbean and a key product with multiple uses, including culinary, therapeutical and handicraft. CITES estimated the overall value of only queen conch meat to be around $74 million in 2017. This fishery's economic value and job creation potential can be multiplied several-fold when considering further processing and marketing of legally sourced queen conch products, particularly in the handicraft, tourism, and restaurant sectors. Queen conch is not yet a fully threaten species. However, it may become so if harvesting and trade are not done sustainably. Queen conch is listed under Appendix II of CITES since 1992. Future trade flows of queen conch products must build on compliance with multilateral, regional and national legal requirements seeking to regulate harvesting better and comply with legal and sustainability requirements.
The project considers three subsequent and complementary phases:
- Phase 1: Awareness-raising about the BioTrade P&C and CITES requirements in the context of queen conch, and elaboration of queen conch product assessments in Grenada, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
- Phase 2: Elaboration of a Regional Blue BioTrade Action Plan based on findings of the country studies and,
- Phase 3: Design and delivery of technical assistance activities in selected areas as well as additional fundraising.
The webinar aims to raise awareness and increase understanding among key OECS stakeholders about Blue BioTrade, 2020 BioTrade Principles and Criteria, and applicable CITES requirements and decisions. It will also explain the required information and inputs needed from stakeholders to elaborate value chain assessments in the beneficiary countries.
The webinar will take place in two sessions of three hours each. The first session will present the BioTrade approach, 2020 BioTrade Principles and Criteria, Queen Conch CITES regulations, requirements and decisions, and the status of the implementation of the Regional queen conch Fisheries Management and Conservation Plan. The second session will introduce the BioTrade value chain methodology and outline the planned country report's content. Also, it will introduce the mapping of the queen conch value chain for validation purposes. The session will conclude with a discussion on the preliminary situational analysis of the queen conch sector in the three beneficiary countries.
More information of the project is available at: https://unctad.org/project/blue-biotrade-promoting-sustainable-livelihoods-and-conservation-marine-biodiversity
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TopicTrade and environment
- Project launch and Webinar: Seizing the trade and business potential of Blue BioTrade in selected Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries
UNCTAD, Division on International Trade and Commodities
Mr David Vivas Eugui, Legal Officer
Ms Claudia Contreras, Economic Affairs Officer
Mr Alexander Girvan, Project Coordinator
OECS, Agriculture Unit
Mr. Lench Fevrier, Technical Specialist
CITES, Scientific Services
Ms. Karen Gaynor, Scientific Officer