Trade and Biodiversity
BioTrade refers to activities related to the collection, production, transformation, and commercialization of goods and services derived from native biodiversity (species and ecosystems) under the criteria of environmental, social and economic sustainability.
In 1996, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) launched the BioTrade Initiative has been promoting sustainable BioTrade in support of the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Bio Trade initiative recently released two publications:
Trade and Biodiversity: The Bio Trade Experience in Latin America
This reports highlights Sustainable Environment Management practices such as BioTrade in Latin America. In 2008, these practices have already generated over $230 million in exports of sustainably-produced products and services derived for Latin American’s biodiversity. This report is available in English.
Improving International Systems for Trade in Reptile Skins based on Sustainable Use
The aim of the report is to examine the changing context within which the reptile skin trade has existed, the extent of the current industry and its regulatory strengths and weaknesses, and what the future can or should bring. The report is available in English.