Forestry Statistics 2009 - International Forestry

Forest cover: international comparisons

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The FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) is a collation of forest data undertaken by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) at the global level.

At around 12% forest cover, the UK is one of the least densely forested countries in Europe.  This compares with 37% for the EU as a whole and 30% worldwide.

Table 9.1 Forest cover: international comparisons, 2005

Country

Forest area
(million ha)

Total land area
(million ha)

Forest as %
of land area

Forest area
(ha) per 100
population

Europe

     United Kingdom

3

24

125

     Finland

23

30

74

431

     France

16

55

28

26

     Germany

11

35

32

13

     Italy

10

29

34

17

     Spain

18

50

36

43

     Sweden

28

41

67

306

     Other EU

48

154

31

28

     Total EU-271

156

419

37

32

     Russian Federation

809

1 689

48

566

Total Europe

1 001

2 260

44

138

Africa

635

2 968

21

73

Asia

572

3 088

19

15

North & Central America

706

2 144

33

139

Oceania

206

849

24

630

South America

832

1 743

48

228

World

3 952

13 053

30

62

Not National Statistics.

Source: FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2005 .

Notes:

1. Cyprus is included in EU-27 total but is part of FAO's Asia region.

Figure 9.1 Forest cover: international comparisons, 2005

Figure 9.1 Forest cover: international comparisons, 2005

Not National Statistics.

Source: FAO.

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