For the data collected with the Joint Forest Sector Questionnaire, Eurostat collaborates with international organisations in the Intersecretariat Working Group (IWG) on Forest Sector Statistics with the aim of avoiding the duplication of work.
The IWG brings together Eurostat, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO); the European Commission's Directorates- General for Agriculture and Rural Development, for Enterprise and Industry, and for the Environment are also involved.
The tool for this statistical cooperation is the Joint Eurostat/UNECE/FAO/ITTO Forest Sector Questionnaire (JFSQ) on production and trade in roundwood and forest industry products, which is used by all organisations, each one collecting data from the countries for which it is responsible. Eurostat is responsible for the replies of EU Member States and EFTA countries. The main types of forest products included are
- Wood pellets
- Sawn wood
- Wood-based panels
The data are exchanged among the partners. Eurostat publishes data on the EU and EFTA countries, the EU candidate countries, Canada, the USA, the Russian Federation and important global producers of timber, such as Brazil, China, India and Indonesia. The EU and EFTA data are published on the FAOSTAT database and on the ITTO's database.
The European Forest Accounts data come from a questionnaire developed by Eurostat in the late 1990s, which was merged with the former 'Economic Accounts for Forestry' in 2006. The resulting questionaire was named 'Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting for Forests' (IEEAF) and was used up to 2015. IEEAF was reviewed in 2015, adapted to new data needs and re-named European Forest Accounts (EFA).