Trade in natural and agricultural goods has long been a key part of economic growth – but not all growth is sustainable. Removing too many wild animals or plants can cause populations to decline and ultimately crash. Clearing land for crops also removes important habitat for wildlife and threatens water, air and soil resources.
To protect our natural environment and support human development, we must take steps to make trade more sustainable.
We will focus on wild animals, skins, and a selection of non-timber forest products to understand the drivers and impacts of trade, and propose solutions to unsustainable trade.
We will harness innovations in supply chain mapping and modelling to assess the impacts of global agricultural trade on wildlife and people.
Using market surveys and training in the Congo Basin and Tanzania we will reveal the true impact of the trade in wild meat, from forests to the cities.
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By Marcello De Maria* & Amayaa Wijesinghe§ * School of Agriculture, Policy and Development – University of Reading § UNEP-WCMC This post is based on a scoping study of the global soybean trade conducted by the GCRF TRADE Hub, detailed in our new report Global Soybean Trade – The Geopolitics of a Bean. The global […]
Why the WTO Environment Week is a big deal for global environmental governance (and the future of trade itself) Post by Elena Antoni – Project Manager and Co-Investigator of Policy Impacts and Solutions at the UKRI GCRF TRADE Hub The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is hosting its second ‘Trade and Environment Week’, from the 16th […]
TRADE Hub organizes session at the Geneva Trade Week 2020, “Trade, Biodiversity & Natural Resources: What role for Trade Policy in a New Deal for Nature?” I 29 Sept 2020
The UK government’s Global Challenges Research Fund organized and supported a session at the (virtual) Geneva Trade Week 2020, a spin-off of the habitual World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum, organized by the newly founded Geneva Trade Platform. The session was jointly hosted by one of the Hub’s core partner organizations, the United Nations Environment […]
TRADE Hub researchers Lacour Mody Ayompe (University of California, Irvine), Marije Schaafsma (University of Southampton) and Benis Egoh (University of California, Irvine) recently published a paper entitled ‘Towards sustainable palm oil production: the positive and negative impacts on ecosystem services and human wellbeing’. The main findings of this paper are summarized below (access the original […]
We are pleased to welcome four new researchers to our Trade Hub programme: Krossy Mavakala Kalunseviko, Suzanne Mogue Kamga, Alice Karuri and Lude Kinzonzi have joined as 2020/21 Africa Oxford Trade and University of Oxford Biodiversity Fellows. The University of Oxford has partnered with The Africa Oxford Initiative to bring three Fellows to Oxford University in early 2021, […]
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For the first time, the high inequality in the distribution of agricultural land ownership in Brazil has been analysed using geospatial information about rural property ownership. The 10th Issue of Sustainability in Debate, a publication by TRADE Hub partner Imaflora, is entitled “Who are the owners of agricultural land in Brazil – a map of […]
by Sicily Fiennes UNEP-WCMC is leading the process to map and visualise research taking place across 5 country teams and 9 work packages within the GCRF TRADE Hub, using Impact Pathways. We are critically considering the proposed outputs across the project, and planning plausible ways that these could lead to outcomes and longer-term impacts. By […]
Two TRADE Hub kick-off events were organized by the Indonesia country team. The national level project kick-off workshop was held in Jakarta on 4 March 2020, and a sub-national level workshop was held in Manokwari (West Papua Province) on 19 February 2020. These workshops were to introduce TRADE Hub to key stakeholders, to communicate scoping […]
WHERE WE WORK
We are bringing together partners from multiple sectors across the globe to create global-level solutions. We will also be conducting country-level work in: Brazil, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Indonesia, Republic of Congo, and Tanzania.