Developing biodiversity-related opportunities is core to ProFound’s activities
Over the years, ProFound has built up relevant BioTrade expertise creating economic opportunities while protecting our Earth’s biodiversity. We work with local communities and our partners, such as Helvetas, TRAFFIC, Flora Fauna International and UNCTAD BioTrade and private sector players, to develop value chains that strengthen ecosystems.
What are BioTrade products? In our work, we use UNCTAD’s definition: ‘Products which are collected, produced, transformed and commercialised and are derived from species of native biodiversity under the criteria of environmental, social and economic sustainability.
We consider native and naturalised, wild-collected, and cultivated plants that enrich or maintain biodiversity. Key aspects in BioTrade development are sustainable cultivation, harvesting practices, and their certification, as well as benefit-sharing with producing communities and knowledge holders.