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Honduras and the EU begin fifth negotiation of a FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement

Honduras and the EU begin fifth negotiation of a FLEGT Voluntary Partnership Agreement

Today marks the start of the fifth round of negotiations of a Voluntary Partnership Agreement between the Honduras and the European Union.

The parties began negotiating the Agreement in 2013 and hope to complete it by the end of 2016. Stakeholders from the government, the private sector, civil society organisations and indigenous peoples groups are engaged in the negotiations.

Honduras hopes the VPA will help improve forest governance in the country and facilitate trade with the EU. Already the parties have achieved significant progress in their efforts to develop a definition of legality, an essential building block of the Agreement.

The fifth round of negotiations comes only weeks after prominent Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres and her colleague Nelson García were murdered in two separate incidents. Both belonged to COPINH, a confederation of indigenous groups. The murders attracted much national and international media attention. The European Parliament adopted a Resolution on the situation of human rights defenders in Honduras. For views on the security of environmentalists, click here to read Global Witnesses opinion piece.

For more information on the Honduras-EU VPA and the perspectives of stakeholders follow these links: