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Dataset | 7 January 2016

Annual work units in forestry and logging

Data on labour input in forestry and loggings, expressed in annual working units (Thousand AWU).

One AWU corresponds to the work performed by one person who is occupied on an agricultural holding on a full-time basis. Full-time means the minimum hours required by the relevant national provisions governing contracts of employment. If the national provisions do not indicate the number of hours, then 1 800 hours are taken to be the minimum annual working hours: equivalent to 225 working days of eight hours each.

Data collected as part of Intergrated environmental and economic accounting for forests (IEEAF).

The world-wide collection of forestry statistics is carried out by the Inter-Secretariat Working Group (IWG) on Forest Sector Statistics, consisting of Eurostat, the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe), FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) and ITTO (International Tropical Timber Organization). The primary tool is the annual Joint Forest Sector Questionnaire, which is used by all four partners to collect data using a set of harmonised product aggregations, codes and definitions. Each agency is responsible for a certain number of countries; for Eurostat, these are the EU and EFTA countries. After validation, the partners share the data and use it in publications. Co-operation is organised through the annual meetings of the IWG.

The accounting data are collected by Eurostat with the IEEAF questionnaire.