Forests and the economy

  • Global employment in the formal forestry sector - 14 million people (2006). Source
  • Global gross value-added in the forestry sector: US$ 468 billion (2006). Source
  • Global trade in primary wood products: US$ 246 billion (2011). Source
  • Global roundwood production: 3 469 million cubic meters (2011). Source
  • Countries with the highest contribution of the forestry sector to gross domestic product (GDP): Solomon Islands, Bhutan, Papua New Guinea, Finland, Sweden, Malaysia, the Baltic States and some countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and South America. Source
  • Small-scale forest product enterprises are among the top three non-farm rural commercial activities in most countries.
Source: FAO
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last updated:  Friday, December 28, 2012