EUROFOREST Portal EFI » advanced
FAO launches new satellite-based data on forest resources on the International Day of Forests
Mar 21, 2014
The note presents the latest results for the extent of forestā€land and changes in forest land use for the time period 1990 to 2010.

The new data released by the on the occasion of the International Day of Forests confirm that forest areas continue to decline globally, with the biggest losses of tropical forests occurring in South America and Africa.

According to the updated survey, the area of forest cover decreased by some 5.3 million ha/year, corresponding, over the period 1990-2010, to a net loss equivalent of nearly 4 times the size of Italy or the size of Colombia.

The updated findings of a global remote sensing survey show that total forest area as of 2010 is 3.89 billion hectares or 30 percent of the total land area of the Earth.

The work is the result of a partnership between FAO, its member countries and the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC).

New data

FAO full press release