UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative and Trade ForTrade Programme are organizing an e-Learing course "BioTrade and Value Chain Development" from March 25 to April 7, 2013.
The course aims to provide participants with the skills and abilities to create, disseminate, adopt and adapt the knowledge and tools necessary to facilitate processes that enable the development of chains value of products derived from biodiversity. 24 representatives from Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru are taking part to this training.
UNCTAD/CITES Roundtable on Traceability Systems at CITES COP 16, 12 March 2013, Bangkok, Thailand
The roundtable provided a platform for sharing information about preparation of the traceability scoping study, and helped to promote higher levels of confidence in effective sustainable management systems for trade in CITES-listed species. This study will serve as the basis for further recommendations for the CITES Standing Committee on the topic, and for discussions within CITES's Animals Committee on the most appropriate traceability system for trade in snake skins.
What is BioTrade?
BioTrade refers to those activities of collection, production, transformation,
and commercialization of goods and services derived from native biodiversity
under the criteria of environmental, social and economic sustainability.
The BioTrade Initiative
Since its launch by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 1996, the BioTrade Initiative has been promoting sustainable BioTrade in support of the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Initiative has developed a unique portfolio of regional and country programmes. Since 2003 the BioTrade Initiative has also hosted the BioTrade Facilitation Programme (BTFP) which focuses on enhancing sustainable bio-resources management, product development, value adding processing and marketing. The BTFP complements the UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative activities. It is currently in its second phase (BTFP II) with various partners implementing its objectives.
UNTV, United Nations BioTrade 3 minute video
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