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Forestry Statistics 2016 - International Forestry

Annual changes in forest area

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The global forest area reduced by around 7.3 million hectares (0.2%) per year between 1990 and 2000, by around 4.0 million hectares (0.1%) per year between 2000 and 2010 and by around 3.3 million hectares (0.1%) per year between 2010 and 2015 (Table 9.2).

The forest area has reduced in most regions since 1990, except for Europe (where the area increased in each time period) and Asia (where the area reduced between 1990 and 2000 but has increased by more between 2000 and 2015).

Table 9.2 Annual changes in forest area by region, 1990-2015

Region

1990-2000

2000-2010

2010-2015

 

(thousand ha)

     (%)

(thousand ha)

   (%)

(thousand ha)

(%)

Europe

           

     UK

18

0.6

11

0.3

17

0.5

     EU-281

681

0.5

450 0.3 369 0.2

Total Europe

803 0.1 1 127 0.1 382 0.0

Africa

-3 537 -0.5 -3 209 -0.5 -2 836 -0.4

Asia

-221 0.0 2 349 0.4 791 0.1

North and Central America

-394 -0.1 172 0.0 75 0.0

Oceania

82 0.0 -564 -0.3 304 0.2

South America

-4 000 -0.4 -3 868 -0.4 -2 024 -0.2

World

-7 267 -0.2 -3 993 -0.1 -3 308 -0.1

Source: FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015.

Notes:

1. Cyprus is included in EU-28 total but is part of FAO's Asia region.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

Between 2010 and 2015, the largest decrease in forest area was in Brazil (1.0 million hectares per year on average) and the largest increase was in China (1.5 million hectares per year on average) (Figure 9.3).

Figure 9.3 Countries with largest changes in forest area, 2010-2015

Figure 9.3 Countries with largest changes in forest area, 2000-2015

Source: FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015.

Notes:

1. Countries with changes of at least 0.3 million hectares per year only.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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