The GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub (TRADE Hub) is a five-year research project (2019–2024) with the main goal to address the intractable challenge of sustainable global trade implementation. The research project is funded by the UK Research and Innovation Global Challenges Research Fund (UKRI GCRF) and conducted by around 50 organizations in 15 countries led by the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP–WCMC). Ongoing research activities in nine countries focus on trade in various agricultural commodities and wildlife species.
Indonesia is one of the focus locations for TRADE Hub, and its research activities in Indonesia involve four organizations: the Center for International Forestry Research – World Agroforestry (CIFOR-ICRAF), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Research Center for Climate Change, University of Indonesia (RCCC UI), Bogor Agricultural University (IPB University) and Lampung University (UNILA). In Indonesia, TRADE Hub focuses on trade in palm oil, coffee and wildlife species as these commodities play important roles for the country’s economy, and raise various challenges towards sustainable trade and practices in the country.