These are the 10 countries with the most forests

If we put together a ranking of the countries with the most forests in the world, classified by amount of forest area, this would be the list of the top 10.

Did you know that forests cover almost 1/3 of the land globally? Which is equivalent to 4 million hectares. In other words, there are about 060 hectares of forest for every person on the planet.

More than half (54%) of the world's forests are located in just five countries: the Russian Federation, Brazil, Canada, the United States of America and China.

The report also shows that the world has lost 178 million hectares of forest since 1990, although the good news is that the pace of forest loss has slowed in recent years.

If only primary forests are taken into account (which include native species with no obvious signs of human activity and ecological processes that have not changed significantly), the deforestation rate also decreased between 2010 and 2020.

Forests in the world

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The Altai tool "Timely updates on Global Deforestation powered by AI" is designed to preserve the world's natural forests and combat deforestation. By leveraging artificial intelligence technology, Atlai monitors deforestation events around the world and automatically generates reports for activists and media. From that intelligent platform, it is possible to know the latest deforestation events in the world and extract precise data.

For example, concluding that Latin America is one of the regions on the planet most affected by deforestation, especially significant in Brazil and Bolivia.

Although we all think about large fires, the causes of deforestation vary depending on human activities, such as agriculture, mining, urban use and infrastructure construction, all of which require the use of land.

Primary forests act as natural carbon sinks, are rich in biodiversity and provide many services to humans.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Forest Land Use Data Explorer is also a very useful database to help you understand changes in forest resources over time.

This web application allows you to consult the surface and characteristics of the forest; the state of biodiversity and its protection; ecosystem services and conservation functions; forest degradation and disturbance; livelihoods, property, forestry production; and progress towards sustainable forest management.

The Global Forest Resources Assessment, published every five years by FAO, provides an overview of the state of forests around the world. On this occasion, we present you a list of the 10 countries with the most forests in the world.

List of countries with the most forests in the world


Federation Russia It has about 815 million hectares of forest, which represents almost half of its territory. Furthermore, 20% of the world's forests are found in this country.


With 497 million hectares, in Brazil 12% of the world's forest area is located.


In Canada there are 347 million hectares of forest, 9% of the world's forest area.

United States

The United States follows very closely, with 310 million hectares of forest.


China is the fifth country on the list: it has 220 million hectares of forest area, 5% of the world's forests.

Democratic Republic of Congo

This African country is home to 152 million hectares of forest. The fact that 67% of its surface is forest is striking.


En Australia There are 124 million hectares of forest.


In Indonesia there are 91 million hectares of forest area.


Peru's forests occupy 73 million hectares, more than half of the country.


Number 10 on the list goes to India, with 70 million hectares of forest area.

Deforestation continues, but at a lower rate.

An estimated 1990 million hectares of forest have been lost worldwide due to deforestation since 420, but the rate of forest loss has slowed considerably.

In the most recent five-year period (2015-2020), the annual deforestation rate was estimated at 10 million hectares; which represents a reduction when compared to the 12 million hectares in 2010-2015.

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