The formal forest sector employs some 13.2 million people across the world - at least another 41 million are employed in the informal sector

Submitted by: Pamela Watters 06/30/2014

Informal employment in forestry is often not captured in national statistics, but the estimates presented in SOFO 2014 show that it is significant in less developed regions. It is also estimated that some 840 million people, or 12 percent of the world’s population, collect woodfuel and charcoal for their own use.


Source: State of the World's Forests 2014. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.