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UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative: BioTrade principles and criteria

25 / 10 / 2007, Eldis Biodiversity

The BioTrade principles and criteria have been defined by the UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative and the BioTrade national programmes, and provide the core of the conceptual framework underlying the BioTrade Initiative's activities. They take into account the relevance of trade for specific species and ecosystems. This paper sets out the criteria to which BioTrade actors should aspire. These come under the following categories:

Conservation of biodiversity
Sustainable use of biodiversity
Fair and equitable sharing of benefits derived from the use of biodiversity
Socio-economic sustainability (productive, financial and market management)
Compliance with national and international regulations
Respect for the rights of actors involved in BioTrade activities
Clarity about land tenure, use and access to natural resources and knowledge

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