Deforestation Statistics

June 29th, 2010

Deforestation is the practice of clearing the natural forests for the purpose of agriculture, logging etc. It is one of the numerous environmental issues which are threatening the basic existence of several plant and animals species of the world today. Even if you are not sure as to why does deforestation happen, a look at the deforestation statistics is good enough for you to understand how it can trigger a series of domino effects on the lifeforms of the planet.

It’s obvious that humans will bear the brunt of the same in the long term, but the effects of deforestation are bound to be much more prominent on the life forms endemic to the particular region.

Deforestation Statistics Worldwide

The statistics of deforestation reveal that seven countries of the world amount to around 60 percent of the total deforestation on the planet. These seven countries include Brazil in Latin America, Canada and the United States in North America, Indonesia and China in Asia, Russia in Europe and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa.

The data compiled by the World Resources Institute reveals that the planet has already lost 80 percent of its forest cover to deforestation, and going by the alarming rate at which the trees are being cut, it won’t take much time for that figure to reach the 100 percent mark. The West African region, which boasted of lush green tropical forests in the 19th century, has been stripped of 90 percent of its forest cover over the last century. The same trend of deforestation continues in the two remaining rainforest biomes in South America and Asia respectively.

Going by the statistics compiled by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), agriculture is the most important cause of deforestation on the planet. While subsistence farming accounts for 46 percent of the total deforestation in the world, commercial agriculture is responsible for 32 percent. Other prominent causes of deforestation include logging at 14 percent, and fuel requirements at 5 percent.

Amazon Deforestation Statistics

Even though the vast area of Amazon Basin may make it look insignificant, the rate of deforestation in the Amazon is much higher than in any other part of the world. The Amazon rainforest which roughly account for about 2,488,642 square miles, has lost 15 percent of its forest cover since 1970 alone. For instance, Brazil, which is home to approximately one-thirds of the remaining rainforests of the world, has been experiencing an average loss of 21,536 square miles of forest cover annually, over the last few years. This, however, appears to be insignificant as it accounts to only 0.8 percent of the total forest cover of the country.

The rainforest deforestation statistics reveal that 60-70 percent of the deforestation in Amazon can be attributed to cattle ranches, while a significant part of the remaining 30 percent can be attributed to small-scale subsistence agriculture. Recent studies pertaining to the facts about deforestation have revealed that deforestation for the purpose of large scale farming is relatively low.

As far as the deforestation statistics for the United States are concerned, the country has lost 831 square miles of the forest cover between 2001 and 2005. Regeneration of depleted forest cover, new forest plantations, declaring forested areas as reserved etc. are some of the popular deforestation solutions being implemented around the world today. Even though the forest cover raised by these methods is inferior as compared to the primary forest cover, it can still keep the various problems associated with deforestation at bay.

Source: Deforestation Statistics - buzzle.com

Date: 29 June 2010

  • Anonymous

    Canada, China and Congo are not places where there is a lot of deforestation. It is Brazil, Indonesia, Russia, United States and Mexico.

    • Bob

      The Congo is HEAVILY deforested. China is small, but increasing. Canada logs a lot of timber.

    • Billy

      Also, in the US many logging companies replant new trees after cutting some down, so it doesn’t make sense to blame everything on “evil” America. What you said is simply extremely false.

    • http://somewhere.com/ FMN

      10 countries with largest forest net loss, 2000-2012

      1 Brazil -284,411 (1,000 sq km)
      2 Russia -202,723
      3 Canada -172,872
      4 United States -125,862
      5 Indonesia -88,149
      6 DRCongo -45,037
      7 Australia -44,594
      8 Argentina -40,528
      9 China -38,743
      10 Paraguay -37,448

      While primordial forest in the EU & US have long been decimated (a complete total deforestation) hundreds years ago in the name of progress (farming, industry, etc) and killing many (today extinct) endangered animal species along the process.

  • Ian Bill

    You guys need to get a life.

  • Emmanuel Msoffe

    Deforestation and degradation resulting in biodiversity loss and destruction of habitat for wild animals and loss of soil fertility.We need to take actions right now!!!!!!!

  • Felicity

    go to deforestation-station.weebly.com!

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  • AN ANGRY ANONYMOUS PERSON!!!!!

    i totally agree with you Ian Bill (NOT) Y IN THE SAM HECK SHOULD I!!!!! IF IT WASNT FOR NATURE AND THESE PEOPLE SAVING IT, WE MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SURVIVE. I THINK YOU NEED TO GET A LIFE.!!!!!! >.<

  • hiiii

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    I THINK U SHOULD GET A LIFE

  • iwhipmyhairbackandforth

    right…wut.

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  • Anon

    What the heck? Shut up hiiii and Ian Bill, you certainly do not know how critical deforestation is. I hope you’re just going through a phase

  • stacey

    I think that we all should just calm down, even though he has false information, just leave him alone. he doesn’t need to take anyones s***.

  • swagity

    thanks mate

  • http://somewhere.com/ FMN

    10 countries with largest forest net loss, 2000-2012

    1 Brazil -284,411 (1,000 sq km)
    2 Russia -202,723
    3 Canada -172,872
    4 United States -125,862
    5 Indonesia -88,149
    6 DRCongo -45,037
    7 Australia -44,594
    8 Argentina -40,528
    9 China -38,743
    10 Paraguay -37,448

    While primordial forest in the EU & US have long been decimated (a complete total deforestation) hundreds years ago in the name of progress (farming, industry, etc) and killing many (today extinct) endangered animal species along the process. http://news.mongabay.com/2013/1114-global-forest-map.html

    Satistically speaking, any green campaign for the environment/deforestation should prioritise in punishing the main culprits; EU & US as the world’s biggest and longest cumulative polluter since the Britain’s industrial revolution in the 1800s.

  • lkhyuij

    get a life!

  • Smeigle

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    • Porsha

      What the……

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  • juliett4e

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  • juliett4e

    deforestation is a very serious matter and it desperately needs to be adressed to save our ecosystems. so everyone has a point Ian Bill… stop it now

  • Porsha

    Wow,you really shut them up Anon. :)

  • bob

    hi

  • bob

    both u guyz need 2 get a life bro

  • random

    you guys should shut the fuck up

  • ya mum

    aye

  • ya mum

    wat ya mamma tell u