Forestry Statistics 2007 - Woodland Areas and Planting

Forest cover: international comparisons

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The FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) is a collation of forest data undertaken by the UN FAO at the global level. The information in Table 1.11 uses forest area from FRA 2005, excluding 'other wooded land'; for the UK, this is very similar to the definition of 'woodland' used in previous tables.

At under 12% forest cover, the UK is one of the least densely forested countries in Europe.

Table 1.11 Forest cover: international comparisons, 2005

Country

Forest area
(million ha)

Total land area
(million ha)

Forest as %
of land area

Europe

          United Kingdom

3

24

12

          Finland

23

30

74

          France

16

55

28

          Germany

11

35

32

          Italy

10

29

34

          Spain

18

50

36

          Sweden

28

41

67

          Other EU1

48

154

31

          Total EU-27

156

419

37

          Non-EU

37

152

25

          Russian Federation

809

1 689

48

          Total Europe

1 002

2 261

44

Asia

571

3 087

19

North & Central America

706

2 144

33

South America

832

1 743

48

Africa

635

2 968

21

Oceania

206

849

24

World

3 952

13 053

30

Not National Statistics.

Source: FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 - Annex 3 Global tables.

Notes:

1. "Other EU" includes Bulgaria and Romania both of which joined the EU in January 2007.

Figure 1.4 Forest cover: international comparisons, 2005

Figure 1.4


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