Online workshop on trade and biodiversity for the post-2020 GBF

This online workshop provides an opportunity to explore the role sustainable trade could take within the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and its implementation.

Trade is an indirect driver of biodiversity loss. At the same time, trade can be an important part of solving sustainability challenges. The sustainable and legal trade of biodiversity-based products and services creates incentives for the sustainable use of biodiversity and benefit sharing, supports cross-sectoral cooperation, mobilizes resources and increases awareness for biodiversity. Trade with biodiversity-based or sustainably sourced products promotes sustainable consumption and production patterns and provides long-term livelihood opportunities for communities which rely on natural resources. The shift to sustainable trade is an important transformation called for by IPBES and the Global Sustainable Development Report. Therefore, trade needs to be part of, and can contribute to, the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

This online workshop aims to convene negotiators, but also business representatives and other stakeholders who are actively involved or interested in the development of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and in the role trade can and should play in it.

To register for the online workshop, please go to the registration page. Please select one of the four groups.

Agenda of the online workshop

13:30–13:45    Opening and Introduction
13:45–14:30    Discussion in groups of:

  • Group 1: Sustainable trade as a way for business engagement
  • Group 2: Measuring trade and biodiversity  
  • Group 3: Standards and guidelines for trade and biodiversity
  • Group 4: Achieving sustainable trade through the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

14:00–15:00    Concluding session

You can find more information in the background document. The background document will continue to be developed – any input is welcome.

This online workshop is organized under the global BioTrade programme “Linking trade, biodiversity and sustainable development” with the financial support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO

More information on the organiser's webpage.

24 March 2021