Anna Frerck
Institute of International Forestry and Forest Economics

Leuschnerstraße 91
21031 Hamburg-Bergedorf
Phone: +49 40 739 62 301
Fax: +49 40 739 62 399

Wood-based Employment -WoodForWork-


 (c) Hoang Duong Xo Viet

How important is the forest sector for income and employment in different countries of the world? This is what we want to find out in this research project.

Background and Objective

Productive and humane work is one of the key factors to reduce poverty. Hence, it is a primary goal of sustainable development. Creation of jobs offers new opportunities in life and prevents regional migration.

According to the International Labour Organisation, currently more than 200 million people are unemployed globally and about 30 million additional jobs need to created annually until 2030 to provide income for the growing world population.

In this context WoodForWork wants to analyse how important the forest sector is for income and employment in different regions of the world.


 Comprehensive data collection, case studies and on-site observations in four different countries are the key instruments for our analysis. We will take a closer look into the role of the so called informal employment as a source of income. How important is for example collecting and selling of fire wood?

Based on the case studies we also want to understand how wood-based employment responds to changes of political and economic framework conditions.


Involved Thünen-Partners

Funding Body

  • Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE)
    (national, öffentlich)


1.2020 - 12.2022

More Information

Projekt type:
Project funding number: 28I-031-01
Project status: ongoing

List of Publications

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  1. Lippe RS, Cui S, Schweinle J (2021) Estimating global forest-based employment. Forests 12(9):1219, DOI:10.3390/f12091219
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