BioTrade home



BioTrade, market innovation and social inclusion in climate diverse scenarios - Side event to the UNFCCC COP 20

10 December 2014 14:00-15:30 hrs., Auditorium/Pabellon Perú Lima, Peru
more information

There is consistent evidence that BioTrade business models can increase private sector involvement in the field of biodiversity conservation. Sales in BioTrade have increased to about 4.3 billion, showing its emergence as a solid green economic sector, especially in developing countries.
BioTrade has the potential to be a key pulling factor to address other emerging global environmental and poverty reduction challenges.
This has been recently recognised in CBD COP Decisions 12/L.25 and 12/L.27, where Members called upon business to increase their participation and cooperation with the BioTrade Initiative of UNCTAD, and other organizations involved in BioTrade (such as CAF) at the national, regional and global levels and to further promote sustainable use of biodiversity, sustainable harvesting practices, and access and benefit-sharing under the framework of the Nagoya Protocol.


The objective of this side event is to discuss how BioTrade could be complemented by measures that contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation in order to unleash private sector participation and engagement. This will be illustrated by concrete experiences Latin America.
Overall biotrade market trends, concrete experiences and best practices will be shared in order to explore and discuss steps forward in making use of incentives such as innovative financing mechanisms, sustainable agricultural and forest management practices and the utilization of the same geographical areas for implementing BioTrade and REDD+ projects.
The introduction of parallel incentives in these two areas can maximize trade benefits and payment for ecosystem services while ensuring at the same time, higher levels of resilience and the social inclusion of local populations.
This learning space will convey the importance of sound, timely and long standing strategic global and regional alliances to promote BioTrade.
It will also discuss the role of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Biodiversity, the United National Conference on Trade and Sustainable Development and multilateral financial organizations such as CAF in the mainstreaming of Biotrade at the national level in order to leverage technical assistance through international funds and donnors, such as GEF.

Stakeholders identify tools and recommendations for sustainability practices at the III BioTrade Congress in Pyeongchang, Korea

16 October 2014: Participants at the III BioTrade Congress recognised the value of partnerships and cooperation by all stakeholders involved in the sustainable use and sourcing of biodiversity-based products and services.

more information...

More BioTrade News

08 October 2014: UNCTAD Secretary-General Kituyi hails the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity

29 April 2014: UNCTAD/CITES/PCP side event at the 27th Meeting of the CITES AC: Innovative initiatives for the sustainable management of CITES Appendix II listed species

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.

Latest Meetings
Date Location Title M
12 October 2014 Pyeongchang, Korea III BioTrade Congress@CBD COP 12 More
29 April 2014 Veracruz, Mexico UNCTAD/CITES/PCP side event at the 27th Meeting of the CITES AC: Innovative initiatives for the sustainable management of CITES Appendix II listed species More
5 Feb 2014 New York, United States of America Sustainability at the Intersection of Trade, Environment and Development. UNCTAD-CITES Side event to the Eighth Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals More
06; 12; 14 and 28 Nov 2013 Bogota, Quito, Manaus, Colombia, Ecuador. Brazil National workshops on Integrating REDD+ and BioTrade More
20 Jan - 15 Feb Jan 2014 Global, Online e-Learning Course: Integrating REDD+ Projects into BioTrade Strategies More
11-13 Dec 2013 Geneva, Switzerland 2nd BioTrade Congress More
17-18 October 2013 Geneva, Switzerland Meeting on the Findings of the UNCTAD/CITES Traceability Scoping Study for Trade and Sustainable Sourcing of Python Skins More
24 September 2013 Luxembourg, Luxembourg Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Day More
12 June 2013 Geneva, Switzerland UNCTAD/CITES Information Session on Initial Findings on Traceability System for Reptiles More
12 March 2013 Bangkok, Thailand UNCTAD/CITES Roundtable on Traceability Systems at CITES COP 16 More