Forest product statistics
One of the key functions of FAO Forest Products Statistics programme is to support member countries to develop and enhance their capacity in forest products statistical systems. Ongoing training and technical assistance projects are provided to national statistical organizations and agencies responsible for forest products data collection. Besides assistance upon request, we regularly conduct national and regional workshops on forest products statistics around the world. Some of the workshop proceedings are listed below by region.
First-ever On-line Forest Product Statistics Capacity Building Workshop: Western Balkan and CIS-Region
©FAO Maintaining and improving the quality of forest product statistics is more important than ever for enabling data-based policy decisions. Data submitted by countries via the Joint Forest Sector Questionnaire (JFSQ) form the basis for the information at UNECE and FAO and are used globally to analyze developments in forest products production and trade. To support continuous improvement in data quality and quantity and to encourage the exchange of information within and between countries, FAO and UNECE hosted the first-ever on-line forest product statistics capacity building workshop on 9-11 February 2021. The workshop was attended by 22 participants representing 14 countries from the western Balkans and former Soviet Union and included guest presentations from Germany, Poland, and the USA. The agenda and copies of all presentations, as well as useful links, are available here.
The agenda was designed in response to an early survey of invited countries which asked participants about topics that should be prioritized to most efficiently improve their own national level statistics for production and trade of forest products. Because an on-line workshop provided a rare opportunity to bring in guest speakers on almost any topic, the survey also asked countries what additional topics would be valuable. New topics most frequently requested by respondents included statistical principles for survey design, trends in forest product statistics, and innovations in data management. These topics were reflected in the final agenda. Read more here.