Indicator: Proportion of land area covered by forest*
indicator no. 25 under Target 9, Goal 7
|Figure 9: Proportion of land area
forest (% of total land area) by region and global, 1990 and 2000
Between 1990–2000, the proportion
of land area covered by forest for the world as a whole decreased from
30.4 to 29.7 per cent. The decrease was most significant in Latin America
and the Caribbean (–2.3 per cent) and Africa (–1.8 per cent),
with Europe and North America showing a slight increase (about 0.4 per
cent and 0.2 per cent respectively) (Figure 9).
Total forest area in those 10 years decreased by 2.4 per cent from
38.79 million km2 to 37.85 million km2. This deforested area, 940 000
km2, is equivalent to the size of a country like Colombia or Egypt.
Globally comprehensive annual and more recent data on forest cover are
not available at the moment. However, recent preliminary findings of
FAO indicate that agricultural land is expanding in about 70 per cent
of countries, is declining in 25 per cent and is roughly static in five
per cent of countries (FAO 2003), suggesting that global forest area
may be further decreasing.