The forest sector has an important mission to sustainably manage natural resources. The most important actors to achieve this goal are the sector’s workers. But does the forest sector recognize the importance of its workers?
Recently, the terms “just transition” and “Green Economy” made it clear that Green Jobs are the future. Green Jobs are highly related to the quality of employment and have the mission to make communities benefit more from Green Economies. There is no doubt that the forest sector is in fact a potential Green Job provider. But is forest-based employment automatically a Green Job? This question was raised by several other sectors and to answer it, an analysis on the state of the art of Green Jobs in the forest sector is required.
Therefore, the Thünen Institute in cooperation with FOREST EUROPE is preparing a report on the current situation of Green Jobs in the pan-European forest sector.
This report is divided into three chapters:
- Terminologies and definition: this chapter will bring a glossary on relevant keywords for the understanding of this broad topic. Here, the terms ’employment’, ‘forestry worker’, ‘Green Job’ and others will be described. In addition, a suggested definition of what are the Green Forest Jobs will be presented.
- The quality of employment in the forest sector: here relevant indicators of quality of employment will be presented. This chapter will show currently available data on forest-based employment estimates, highlight the most relevant forest clusters in Europe, and present indicators of the quality of forest-based employment; among other indicators, such as, average age of workers, hours worked, working conditions, gender balance, migration status, educational level, career perspectives, and income opportunities. However, no data is available for all selected indicators of quality of employment. And the importance of each indicator and the need to gather data on it will be further explained.
- Trends in the forest sector: this chapter will bring facts about the just transition in which the forest sector is inserted. Information about the newly-established and non-traditional forest sector will be made available. Job creation, job losses, and job transformation (requalification) inside the forest sector will be addressed. Last but not least, this chapter will explain what the developments of Green Jobs are in the forest sector and which are the challenges and opportunities related to this topic.
This report is a work-in-progress publication to be finished in mid-2022. Currently, we are happy about any kind of feedback, suggestions, and concerns you might have. Also, if you know more about the data on quality of employment and want to share this information with us, please do not hesitate to contact Emilin Joma Da Silva (emilin.dasilva (at) thuenen.de).