Forest cover

  • Forests cover 31% of total land area
  • The world's total forest area is just over 4 billion hectares, which corresponds to an average of 0.6 ha per capita.
  • The five most forest-rich countries (the Russian Federation, Brazil, Canada, the United States of America and China) account for more than half of the total forest area.
  • Ten countries or areas have no forest at all and an additional 54 have forest on less than 10 percent of their total land area.


Source: FAO Forest Resources Assessment 2010

last updated:  Wednesday, November 9, 2011