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Countries by Deforestation

Name the countries of the world that have lost the most forest area since 1990, both in absolute numbers and in percentage terms.
According to FAOSTAT, 1990-2015
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Last updated: November 14, 2018
First submittedJune 7, 2017
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sq. km
Country
531,670
Brazil
275,350
Indonesia
102,410
Nigeria
101,770
Myanmar
98,600
Tanzania
81,020
Zimbabwe
80,310
Bolivia
77,850
D.R. Congo
76,810
Argentina
59,153
Colombia
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Country
72.6
Togo
59.4
Nigeria
56.3
Uganda
45.9
Mauritania
43.6
Honduras
41.7
Pakistan
41.3
Niger
38.7
North Korea
36.6
Zimbabwe
31.0
Nicaragua
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level 82
Jun 7, 2017
Several developed countries lost their forests already centuries earlier. Also is that a percentage of the total area of the country or a percentage of forests?
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level 74
Jun 7, 2017
Percentage of forest, I'm pretty sure.
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level ∞
Jun 7, 2017
Correct.
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level ∞
Jun 7, 2017
On the other end of the spectrum, the country with the most reforestation since 1990 has been China by a wide margin. Iceland takes the crown for most reforestation in percentage terms, having tripled its forest area since 1990.
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level 71
Jun 8, 2017
but Iceland has very few trees - I think in this particular quiz the percentage of the total area of the land would be more meaningful. I'm a bit skeptical of those very high percentages - I tried looking up Uganda and from this article it looks like forests went down from 75,000 to 49,000 since the late 80s (link here)
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level ∞
Jun 8, 2017
It's fair to be skeptical of UN data.
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level 63
Jun 8, 2017
So, we have figures for North Korea now.
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level 55
Jun 12, 2017
I noticed the same...
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level 53
Sep 8, 2017
The first figures ever...
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level 65
Jun 15, 2017
What a depressing quiz.
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level 58
Sep 8, 2017
Great quiz to shed light on yet another existential threat we are facing (human self inflicted). Sad and preoccupying. Can't help focus on Nigeria: 60% of their forest gone within the past 25 years, a booooooming demography, tribal and religious intolerance/violence, rampant corruption, salvage oil extraction/pollution,.... that sounds like an explosive cocktail.
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level 63
Sep 8, 2017
A day in the life of most African countries.
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level 77
Sep 8, 2017
No Isengard?
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level 67
Sep 8, 2017
xD
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level 39
Sep 8, 2017
missed all yet the leat populous one lol
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level 67
Sep 9, 2017
The number one cause of deforestation worldwide is livestock farming. Go vegan!
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level 71
Sep 9, 2017
You do know that most plant foods come from commercial farmed operations? From these lists it appears that most deforestation is occurring in underdeveloped countries where subsistence farming is the norm. I'd blame things like palm oil plantations (veg food) and black market timber harvesting if I was you
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level 65
Sep 11, 2017
Not really. Brazil has soy megaproduction to blame for its deforestation.
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level 67
Sep 11, 2017
Ah, palm oil. Of course, we have to have our microwaveable noodles, environment be damned.
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level 54
Jul 7, 2019
Stop the veggies or the plants of earth will be eaten up
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level 59
Sep 11, 2017
Agreed with my friend above about the Brazilian soy issue. Also, we do not have enough efforts, money and cops to make the law work everyday, and also the corruption of a huge part of congressists relationed to the "agro" business, extracting resources and owners of "giantsized" farms in those areas. Again, shame.
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level 48
Mar 22, 2018
15/18. still got 5 points.. thanks :)
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level 65
Jul 26, 2018
This was tricky, especially because of the percentage ones. I got them all but Pakistan, I didn't try many countries in that part of the world.