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Metropolitan and overseas regions with the largest forest area in France in 2019

France's largest forested area is not in Europe but in South America. It is indeed in the overseas department that we find the largest French forest in Guyane, the Amazon jungle with more than 8 million hectares.
Across the entire metropolitan area, forests represented approximately 17 million hectares in 2019. Nouvelle-Aquitaine was the region where the largest forest cover in France was found, with nearly 3 million hectares of forest.
The overseas islands and departments were, in view of their small surface area, the regions with the least forest area. However, in terms of size, the Pays de la Loire region is the least forested area in France, with less than 500,000 hectares of forest.

Forest area in metropolitan France and overseas regions in 2019

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Release date

January 2020



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Supplementary notes

The data for metropolitan areas come from different documents published by the same source.
*Data for French Guiana, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Reunion, and Mayotte are from 2018.

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