You are here:


Project Review: The Use of BCPs in the Context of Ethical BioTrade

1-2 March 2012, Cape Town, South Africa

As a follow up of an expert planning meeting held in March 2011 the same participants and the facilitators of three case studies came together to share experiences of the studies and discuss dialogue processes in the ABS, Ethical BioTrade and general biotrade contexts. In addition target groups and next steps were identified.

The project of the Union for Ethical BioTrade (UEBT) and Natural Justice (NJ), funded by
The Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), aimed to assess the potential role of biocultural community protocols (BCPs) as a tool to facilitate and strengthen indigenous and local community dialogue and engagement in ethical sourcing practices.

The project was conducted through three cases studies with UEBT members in Madresde Dios. Peru (Candela Peru), Belem, Brazil (Beraca) and Vohimana, Madagascar (Aroma Forest). Each test case involved the selection of a facilitator, preparatory meetings with the community, internal community workshops, “biocultural dialogues” between communities and companies, and subsequent monitoring.

Based on the presentations and discussions, participants deliberated on the best way forward given the outcomes of the pilot test cases and experiences of each of the experts.

With regard to the commercial context the communities act in a two-step process was identified:

  • Internal reflection: sharing of values, common goals, rules of engagement, information, commitments, expectations, legal/normative frameworks.
  • Dialogue among the relevant parties: exchanging information, working towards a common understanding based on shared values of sustainable use, conservation and community empowerment, other commitments (such as Ethical BioTrade standards, etc.)

14 participants attended the Review Meeting.

The event was organized by UEBT and NJ, with support of the GIZ.