Stakeholders hail participation behind Honduras-EU timber trade deal
When Honduras decided to negotiate a timber trade deal with the EU in 2013, few imagined the profound effect of simply having forest stakeholders come together to talk about timber-related issues.
Negotiations on the deal, called a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA), were concluded last year. Honduras took participation to heart, building trust among groups that had long been separated by deep ideological divides. Notably, Honduras granted indigenous peoples a permanent seat at the negotiating table.
In a new multimedia story by the EU FLEGT Facility, forest stakeholders in Honduras explain how the process unfolded and what benefits it has brought.
All stakeholders agree that the VPA has been critical in opening a space for dialogue, thereby setting a key precedent for other processes to embrace participation.