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A silver lining on forest governance in Honduras

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.

Honduras has the highest percentage rate of deforestation in Latin America, losing on average 2.2% of its forests annually between 2000 and 2015, according to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization.


deforestation, illegal logging, traceability, transparency, supply chain, ethical sourcing