The site Visual Capitalist has compiled facts regarding the human impact on forest over different time periods. Today, forest covers 30 percent of the world’s surface, but we harvest faster than we plant. In Africa, 28 trees are cut for every tree planted.

In the early 1900s, there were about 50 million square kilometers of forest in the world. Today, 100 years later, it is less than 40 million square kilometers. The following picture from comes from globalforestwatch.org and shows the forest distribution today. On their website, they also have an interactive map showing the change from 2001 to today. Unfortunately it is not a fun thing to watch.

Skogstäckningen i världen. Från GlobalForestWatch.org
The world’s forest coverage. From GlobalForestWatch.org

The figure below shows the change in forest distribution in square kilometers per year since 1990. Red color indicates a decrease and blue color an increase. Source: World Bank.


Animation showing the increase and decrease in forest coverage per country since 1990.

The following shows the change per region between 1990 and 2015.

Förändringen i skogsmark per region.

Read more on VisualCapitalist’s website. This is why we are so proud of our business; we are literally involved in reducing this devastating development through the work we do with your help.


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