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 Statistics Hectares 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 down 3 million
Top 10 Most Endangered Forests
Endangered forest Region Remaining habitat
Indo-Burma Asia-Pacific 5%
New Caledonia Asia-Pacific 5%
Sundaland Asia-Pacific 7%
Philippines Asia-Pacific 7%
Atlantic Forest South America 8%
Mountains of Southwest China Asia-Pacific 8%
California Floristic Province North America 10%
Coastal Forests of Eastern Africa Africa 10%
Madagascar & Indian Ocean Islands Africa 10%
Eastern Afromontane Africa 11%
Countries with highest deforestation of natural forests 2000-2005
  Country Hectares Lost Per Year
1 Brazil -3,466,000
2 Indonesia -1,447,800
3 Russian Federation -532,200
4 Mexico -395,000
5 Papua New Guinea -250,200
6 Peru -224,600
7 United States of America -215,200
8 Bolivia -135,200
9 Sudan -117,807
10 Nigeria -82,000
Countries with the most forest cover
  Country Hectares of Forest
1 Russian Federation 808,790,000
2 Brazil 477,698,000
3 Canada 310,134,000
4 United States of America 303,089,000
5 China 197,290,000
6 Australia 163,678,000
7 Democratic Republic of the Congo 133,610,000
8 Indonesia 88,495,000
9 Peru 68,742,000
10 India 67,701,000
11 Sudan 67,546,000
12 Mexico 64,238,000
13 Colombia 60,728,000
14 Angola 59,104,000
15 Bolivia 58,740,000
16 Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 47,713,000
17 Zambia 42,452,000
18 United Republic of Tanzania 35,257,000
19 Argentina 33,021,000
20 Myanmar 32,222,000
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