Synergies Between Trade, Biodiversity, and Climate Change in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

19 December 2013

During the first session of the Congress high-level speakers acknowledged the significant contribution of biodiversity and ecosystems services as key inputs to a wide variety of goods and services, as well as to climate change mitigation and poverty eradication in rural areas.

The trade value of biodiversity-derived products in key industries illustrates the importance of biodiversity for the emergence of a green economy. Estimations by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat indicate that the natural ingredient driven cosmetic industry alone is worth $26 billion. Similarly, the natural beverage industry represents about $23 billion, the seed and crop industry $43 billion and botanicals sales approximately $85 billion. This success has been mostly driven by rising consumer awareness, interest and choices that take on board ethical, biodiversity-friendly and sustainability considerations when purchasing goods and services.

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