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UNCTAD and CAF (Andean Development Bank of Latin America) strengthen mutual cooperation on BioTrade

18 May 2015: UNCTAD and CAF (Andean Development Bank of Latin America) signed a MOU to strengthen mutual cooperation on BioTrade, Ocean Economy and Climate Change in Latin America.

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More BioTrade News

Come and join the Brazilian Roundtable: Seaching for solutions for International Food Trade from 23 to 25 June at ExpoMilano 2015!

BioTrade experience will be presented on the evening of 24 June. More information...

New publication (01 June 2015): Strengthening the Capacity in Integrating REDD+ Projects into BioTrade Strategies in Colombia

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
10 December 2014 Lima, Peru UNCTAD/CAF Side Event at UNFCCC COP 20: BioTrade, market innovation and social inclusion in climate diverse scenarios More
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
20 Jan - 3 March 2014 Global, Online e-Learning Course: Developing Joint BioTrade and REDD+ Projects More
11-13 Dec 2013 Geneva, Switzerland 2nd BioTrade Congress More
06; 12; 14 and 28 Nov 2013 Bogota, Quito, Manaus, Colombia, Ecuador. Brazil National workshops on Integrating REDD+ and BioTrade 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