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There are approximately more than three trillion trees in the world. The good news is that it is more than seven times the earlier estimation of four hundred billion trees. However, the bad news is that humans have cut down 47% of trees since the beginning of civilisation.
Trees are undoubtedly a great source of nature and life, and the world would be a lot less meaningful and diverse without the presence of trees. Trees offer many benefits, including capturing carbon emissions, safeguarding natural habitats, and mitigating the effects of natural disasters and changing climates.
In this article, we will explore the top ten countries with the most trees.
Russia isn’t only the biggest country by land area; it also has the largest number of trees. The overall size of the forest regions in Russia is approximately 8,249,300 sq. km. This is almost 45% of the country’s total land area.
The overall size of the Canadian forest region is approximately 4,916,438 sq. km. It covers almost 30% of the country’s total land area.
The Amazon is the world's largest tropical rainforest, and almost 60% of it lies within Brazil. Brazil therefore has a large forest coverage of almost 4,776,980 sq. km, covering almost 56% of the country's overall land area.
The USA is covered by almost 3,100,950 sq. km of forests which accounts for 30% of its total land area.
China has both a large population as well as land area. The Chinese territory has almost 2,083,210 sq. km of forest cover. However, the forests of China are being destroyed at alarming rates, especially due to mining and other modernisation techniques.
With approximately 1,470,832 sq. km of forest land, Australia has about 19% tree coverage. This is mainly because most parts of the Australian continent consist of fertile or dry land where fresh water is limited.
The DRC’s forest coverage is approximately 1,172,704 sq. km, and it is the only country in the region with so many trees. The forest coverage is equivalent to almost 52% of the country's total land area.
Read more: Why we need to plant more trees
Most of Argentina's forests are located in the southernmost part of the country. The tree coverage is approximately 945,336 sq. km, covering almost 32% of the country’s total land area. The forests of Argentina are vital shelters for wildlife as well as a key attraction for tourists.
Although Indonesia is relatively small in size, it has almost 884,950 sq. km of forests. This is almost 46% of its total land area. Indonesia's trees provide shelter to various wildlife species and thrive due to the high rainfall in the country.
Read more: The top 10 green cities in the world
India is one of the world's biggest countries and is home to many trees. India is covered by almost 802,088 sq. km of different types of trees. These trees provide shelter to wildlife and are also a great source of natural medicines.
Trees play a vital role in our planet's health, and we must work towards protecting and planting more of them. It is encouraging to see countries like Russia, Canada, and Brazil with a high number of trees. Still, we must continue prioritising reforestation efforts in areas that have experienced deforestation. At DGB Group, we recognise the vital role of trees and natural habitats in supporting biodiversity and providing essential ecosystem services. We manage large-scale reforestation and nature-restoration projects worldwide that involve planting trees and promoting sustainable land-use practices that restore and protect vital habitats so local biodiversity can thrive.
By planting more trees, we can combat changing environmental conditions, improve air quality, and provide habitats for endangered species. Let's all do our part in protecting our planet and contributing to a greener future.
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