Honduran delegation visits Vandecasteele Houtimport

29 September 2021

Honduran delegation visits Vandecasteele Houtimport

Last Thursday the 23rd of September there was a meeting in Brussels between the Honduran Delegation and the European Civil Society/Private Sector to discuss any issues concerning the Honduran VPA.

They visited Brussels to discuss the recently ratified Honduras VPA and the upcoming proposed regulation on the EU import of agricultural and forest commodities associated with deforestation and forest degradation.

The Honduran Forestry Minister (Mr. Mario Martínez) was accompanied by a delegation consisting of the Head of the FLEGT Secretariat (Mr. Dolan Castro), the VPA-FLEGT Facilitator (Mr. Jose Filadelfo Martinez), a representative from Indigenous Communities (Ms. Rosario Garcia), and a representative from the private sector (Ms. Carmen Borjas) and Sebastiaan De Smedt (Forest Governance and Timber Legality Assurance Expert of the VPA ALA facility European Forest Institute).

Honduras also expressed interest to visit one of the major importers of tropical timber in Europe, and so they came to Vandecasteele’s Houtimport premises.