Public workshop | ISEAL, UNCTAD and CBD workshop on trade and biodiversity

Public workshop. Trade and biodiversity: Evidence and options for using voluntary sustainability standards to strengthen the post-2020 global biodiversity framework

This workshop will bring together leading experts and stakeholders to emphasize and strengthen the importance of sustainable trade for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. And examine how voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) can be used as effective tools for achieving biodiversity targets.

Through panel and discussion groups, the workshop will explore how sustainable and legal trade of biodiversity-based products and services can create effective incentives for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Additionally, it will look at how VSS can be a vital component to strengthen the implementation and monitoring mechanisms within the new framework based on evidence-based studies and academic research. 

With UNCTAD having a specific mandate on trade and biodiversity, and ISEAL with two decades of experience ensuring VSS are credible and impactful, this workshop will bring together a multitude of issues on the table that are in line with the discussions leading up to the Fifteenth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 15) and the Fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (CBD COP15).

Approach: 

Interactive online workshop. The first hour will frame the global biodiversity framework state of play and then present the evidence, opportunities and challenges of how voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) contribute to biodiversity conservation, followed by a question-and-answer period. The second hour will provide an opportunity for biodiversity negotiators and related stakeholders to join moderated discussions where they will share feedback about how sustainability standards can contribute to the implementation and monitoring of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework currently being negotiated. Workshop suggestions and findings will be compiled in a report.