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Forest cover: international comparisons

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 13% forest cover in 2015, the UK is one of the least densely forested countries in Europe (Table 9.1, Figure 9.1). This compares with 38% for the EU as a whole and 31% worldwide.

Table 9.1 Forest cover: international comparisons, 2015

Country

Forest area
(million ha)

Total land area
(million ha)

Forest as %
of land area

Europe

United Kingdom

3

24

13

Finland

22

30

73

France

17

55

31

Germany

11

35

33

Italy

9

29

32

Spain

18

50

37

Sweden

28

41

68

Other EU

52

159

32

Total EU-281

161

424

38

Russian Federation

815

1 638

50

Total Europe

1 015

2 214

46

Africa

624

2 987

21

Asia

593

3 118

19

North & Central America

751

2 134

35

Oceania

174

850

20

South America

842

1 747

48

World

3 999

13 049

31

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

Figure 9.1 Forest cover: international comparisons, 2015

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Source: FAO.

These figures are outside the scope of National Statistics

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