In these days any good news is most welcome and it still seems possible that positive development does happen if the parties involved really are prepared to improve the situation.

A new timber export agreement between Honduras and the European Union has been signed and community-based groups in Honduras are cautiosly optimistic that it will help reduce illegal tree-felling and other illegal activities impacting the country’s forests. 

Fifteen countries have already signed or are currently negotiating FLEGT (Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade  ) agreements with the EU, amongst others Vietnam, Liberia, Cameroon and Ghana.