Portfolio of Policy Guidance Notes on the Promotion of Decent Work in the Rural Economy

Decent Work in Forestry

Global policy agendas acknowledge the important role that forests play in poverty alleviation, job creation, food security, action on climate change and biodiversity conservation, among others.

Despite its potential to promote growth and employment in rural areas, forestry is among the most hazardous sectors for workers, often characterized by decent work deficits including high incidence of informality, occupational safety and health risks, and the lack of social protection. This policy guidance note highlights the sector’s potential to contribute to rural development, poverty alleviation and sustainable development, and presents the ILO’s approach to promoting decent work in forestry.