Tree Deforestation Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: UK Guardian, World Book
Research Date: 9.5.2012
Deforestation has continued at an alarming rate since the early 1950s. Almost half of the original forest habitat has been cut down. The removal of trees without sufficient reforestation has resulted in damage to habitat, biodiversity loss and aridity. It has adverse impacts on biosequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Deforestation StatisticsHectares Lost Per Year
Square miles of mature forest that originally covered the planet (pre 1947)5.9 million
Square miles of mature forest that have been cut down3 million
Top 10 Most Endangered Forests
Endangered forestRegionRemaining habitat
Indo-BurmaAsia-Pacific5%
New CaledoniaAsia-Pacific5%
SundalandAsia-Pacific7%
PhilippinesAsia-Pacific7%
Atlantic ForestSouth America8%
Mountains of Southwest ChinaAsia-Pacific8%
California Floristic ProvinceNorth America10%
Coastal Forests of Eastern AfricaAfrica10%
Madagascar & Indian Ocean IslandsAfrica10%
Eastern AfromontaneAfrica11%
Countries with highest deforestation of natural forests 2000-2005
 CountryHectares Lost Per Year
1Brazil-3,466,000
2Indonesia-1,447,800
3Russian Federation-532,200
4Mexico-395,000
5Papua New Guinea-250,200
6Peru-224,600
7United States of America-215,200
8Bolivia-135,200
9Sudan-117,807
10Nigeria-82,000
Countries with the most forest cover
 CountryHectares of Forest
1Russian Federation808,790,000
2Brazil477,698,000
3Canada310,134,000
4United States of America303,089,000
5China197,290,000
6Australia163,678,000
7Democratic Republic of the Congo133,610,000
8Indonesia88,495,000
9Peru68,742,000
10India67,701,000
11Sudan67,546,000
12Mexico64,238,000
13Colombia60,728,000
14Angola59,104,000
15Bolivia58,740,000
16Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)47,713,000
17Zambia42,452,000
18United Republic of Tanzania35,257,000
19Argentina33,021,000
20Myanmar32,222,000
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