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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 every five years.

At around 12% forest cover in 2010 (now estimated to be 13%, see Table 1.2), the UK is one of the least densely forested countries in Europe (Table 9.1, Figure 9.1). This compares with 37% for the EU as a whole and 31% worldwide.

Table 9.1 Forest cover: international comparisons, 2010

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

12 5

     Finland

22

30

73

418

     France

16

55

29

26

     Germany

11

35

32

13

     Italy

9

29

31

15

     Spain

18

50

36

41

     Sweden

28

41

69

306

     Other EU

49

154

32

29

     Total EU-271

157

419

37

32

     Russian Federation

809

1 638

49

572

Total Europe

1 005

2 215

45

137

Africa

674

2 974

23

68

Asia

593

3 091

19

15

North & Central America

705

2 135

33

132

Oceania

191

849

23

548

South America

864

1 746

49

225

World

4 033

13 011

31

60

Source: FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 .

Notes:

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

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

 

Figure 9.1 Forest cover: international comparisons, 2010

Figure 9.1 Forest cover: international comparisons, 2010

Source: FAO.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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