Forests are able to provide life for humans. Photo/Reuters
WASHINGTON – Forests have an important role in human life. Very grateful for a country that has vast forests with shady trees.
Worldwide, there are more than three trillion trees. The good news is that it is more than seven times the initial estimate of four hundred billion trees. However, the bad news is that humans have cut down 47% of trees since the dawn of civilization.
Trees are undoubtedly a great source of nature and life. The world would be less meaningful and diverse without trees. Trees offer many benefits, including capturing carbon emissions, maintaining natural habitats, and reducing the impact of natural disasters and climate change.
Here are the 10 countries with the most trees and extensive forests.
Russia is not only the largest country by land area, but also has the most number of trees. The total forest area in Russia is approximately 8,249,300 square km. This is almost 45% of the country’s total land area.
The total size of Canada’s forest area is approximately 4,916,438 square km. It covers almost 30% of the country’s total land area.
The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, and nearly 60% is located in Brazil. Therefore, Brazil has a forest area of almost 4,776,980 square km. It covers almost 56% of the country’s total land area.
4. United States
The United States has almost 3,100,950 square km of forest area. The forest proportion is 30% of the total land area.
China has a large population as well as land area. The territory of China has nearly 2,083,210 square km of forest. However, China’s forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate, mainly due to mining and urban modernization.
With around 1,470,832 km2 of forest land, Australia has about 19% tree cover. This is mainly because most of the Australian continent is made up of arable or dry land with limited fresh water.
7. Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
DRC forest cover is approximately 1,172,704 sq km. DRC is the only country in Africa that has so many trees. The forest cover is equivalent to almost 52% of the country’s total land area.
Most of Argentina’s forests are located in the extreme south of the country. The tree cover is approximately 945,336 sq km. It covers almost 32% of the country’s total land area. Argentina’s forests are an important refuge for wildlife as well as a major draw for tourists.
Even though Indonesia is relatively small and in the form of an archipelago, it has almost 884,950 square km of forest. This is almost 46% of its total land area. Indonesia’s trees provide shelter to various species of wildlife and thrive due to the country’s heavy rainfall.
India is one of the largest countries in the world and is home to many trees. India has almost 802,088 sq km of different types of trees. These trees provide protection for wildlife and are also a source of natural medicines.