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Market Creation and Trade

Introduction

The creation and promotion of markets in biodiversity-based products creates important indirect incentives for conservation and sustainable use of components of biodiversity. Examples include, inter alia, individual transferable fishing quotas and other property right-based mechanisms, biodiversity prospecting, and the commercialization of medicinal plants or other biodiversity-based products, possibly including the use of certification or eco-labeling.

The Convention's programme of work on incentive measures also includes the development of methods to promote information on biodiversity in consumer decisions, for instance through ecolabelling, if appropriate.

Cooperation is maintained with the Biotrade Initiative of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the implementation of pertinent activities, as well as the UNEP-UNCTAD initative on Capacity-Building for Biotrade (CBBT)

The Conference of the Parties invited the UNCTAD Biotrade Initiative to continue its work on trade promotion for biodiversity-based products which are produced in a sustainable manner and compatible with the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity, through capacity-building, enhancing market access, promoting enabling environments and engaging relevant public and private actors.

  • United Nations
  • United Nations Environment Programme