wildtrade with sloganSustainable trade in wild goods & services


Over recent decades, the human population has grown significantly and continues to do so, simultaneously becoming increasingly prosperous. Though beneficial to humanity in the short term, we do not know if our prosperity is sustainable for the other species with which we share our world. As population and prosperity continue to rise, what will happen to the wilds of our planet, to wilderness and to wildlife?

At the UN General Assembly in September 2015, our governments adopted a new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The core elements of this new agenda are seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Among other things, the SDGs speak to a need to better understand and manage wild trade – i.e., the trade in goods and services from wilderness areas and wild species.

Earthmind’s new Wild Trade Programme aims to enhance our understanding of the nexus between wild trade and sustainability. It explores wild trade policy and practice by researching and disseminating the economic, social, legal, cultural and biological conditions needed to ensure the sustainability of wild trade.

Related Legacy Websites

The Wetland Carbon Partnership – Set up in 2010 to present the work of the Danone/IUCN/Ramsar Wetland Carbon Partnership which included an official CDM methodology for mangrove carbon and pilot projects in India and Senegal

Biodiversity Issues-Based Modules & Europe – Set up in 2007 as the development worksite of the European component of UNEP’s Issue-Based Modules Project; review four cross-cutting issues: climate change, invasive alien species, inland waters, and sustainable use

BioTrade – Set up in 2006 in support of the UNCTAD BioTrade Initiative; includes sections related to CBD COP8 and a proposed programme of work in southern Africa