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Forest area worldwide by continent

The forest area in Europe seems to be making a recovery from the massive deforestation that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution. In 2005, there were about one billion hectares of forest in Europe, and by 2015 this area had increased slightly to about 1.02 billion hectares.


Deforestation is a serious issue facing many of the world’s forests. As the demand for agricultural products, natural resources, and land for development increases, it will become increasingly difficult to protect the forests. Russia, Brazil, and Canada were the countries that suffered the most severe tree cover loss in 2018 worldwide. In that year, Russia’s tree cover decreased by 5.56 million hectares. In Canada, the leading causes of deforestation in 2016 were the agricultural industry and the mining, oil, and gas industry.

U.S. forest areas

The United States is home to vast areas of forest, though sadly much of it has been destroyed to make room for human habitation and agricultural land. The four main regions of forested land in the United States are the South, the Pacific Coast, the North, and the Rocky Mountains. The American South has the largest total area of forest

Forest area worldwide in 2005, 2010 and 2015, by continent

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2005, 2010 and 2015

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Figures for 2005 and 2010 are from previous editions of the report.
* Including Russian Federation.

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