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    Global concern about environmental issues is driving a growing market for sustainably sourced natural resource based products. Consumers also often demand evidence of production supporting “fair” and “ethical” practices in the value chain. Globally the market is worth around USD 50 billion.

    Development "win - win"

    The certified natural resource based product market is driving reductions in poverty as production is often labour intensive and premium prices reach smallholder producers who make up the bulk of the rural poor. The trade is also generating environmental benefits like carbon sequestration in soils and timber, forest preservation, decreased pesticide use and net biodiversity gains.

    However, developing countries face high barriers to enter these markets in the form of standards and regulations, access to information and contact with buyers. Trade also takes place within international regulatory frameworks that govern the use of resources and the environmental impacts of production.

    The Trade and Environment Programme (TEP) strengthens the capacity of SMEs in developing countries to compete in environmental markets and to overcome barriers that might result from environment-related standards. The programme also addresses challenges relating to climate resilience and biodiversity loss. ITC provides analysis and support in different global value chains including agri-food, natural products, fibres and leather.

    Modes of Support

    TEP carries out its work through three modes of support:
    • Capacity building for companies and trade support institutions on meeting market requirements;
    • Strengthening market linkages through trade fair preparation and participation;
    • Publishing market studies and guides on sustainability related markets

    Mainstreaming Environment in ITC

    The TEP is also responsible for mainstreaming environment into ITC programmes and processes and coordinating the reduction of ITC’s own carbon footprint.


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  • Highlights


    The ‘Python Conservation Partnership’, a collaboration between Kering, the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN SSC Boa & Python Specialist Group) has been launched today with the aim of contributing...

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    The 4th Global Review of Aid for Trade took place from 8th to 10th July 2013. This year’s theme looked into “Connecting to Value Chains”.ITC in partnership with Canada, Denmark, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)...

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    ITC in partnership with Ethical Tea Partnership, Rainforest Alliance and FLO-CERT have created a new training manual that aims to support smallholder tea farmers and factory management staff in Kenya adapt to and mitigate the climate change impacts...

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    Biofach 2013Peruvian organic produce, and in particular quinoa, took centre stage on 15 February at BioFach 2013 where the International Trade Centre and PromPeru, Peru’s export promotion agency, organized a forum entitled ‘Peruvian Natural and Organic...

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    The CITES 16th CITES Conference of Parties was held in Bangkok in March 6th and 7th. ITC's Trade and Environment Unit had an active presence in this years discussions organising two side events. On March 6th, ITC, TRAFFIC and IUCN presented findings...

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    Alexander Kasterine, head of Trade and Environment Unit attended and presented at the 3rd Sustainability Luxury Forum. This year’s theme was ‘How to balance business opportunities with social change and impact?’This event, which took place over 18th...

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    Following the success of the Business Day held in January 2012, the International Trade Centre (ITC) organised the Zambia Organic Market Day: Meeting the Green Stakeholders on Tuesday 5th February 2013 in Lusaka. The Organic Market Day brought together...

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    ITC is developing a new environment strategy to integrate environmental considerations more fully into its trade support projects. The ITC Environment Mainstreaming Strategy will introduce new solutions that enable project partners to manage environmental...

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    Alexander Kasterine, Head of Trade and Environment Unit was the Panelist at the Fifth International Workshop on Carbon Footprint "Public practices private partnerships to reduce environmental footprints in international trade " on 13 - 14 June 2013....


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