Mapping the world's forests: How green is our globe?

In South America, the Amazon rainforest is said to house about 10% of the world’s biodiversity. Image: Unsplash/Waren Brasse

Adam Symington
Geospatial data scientist, Visual Capitalist
Our Impact
The Big Picture
Explore and monitor how Forests is affecting economies, industries and global issues
Crowdsource Innovation
Get involved with our crowdsourced digital platform to deliver impact at scale
Stay up to date:


A table listing the top 10 countries for forest cover.
Russia is ranked at number 1 with 815 million hectares of forest cover. Image: Visual Capitalist.

A map highlighting Asian forests.
China’s forests stretched across 157 million hectares, covering 16.7% of its land. Image: Visual Capitalist.

A map highlighting South American forests.
Brazil has the second-largest forest cover in the world with 497 million. Image: Visual Capitalist.
A map highlighting African forests.
Democratic Republic of Congo contains the largest part of this rainforest. Image: Visual Capitalist.

A map highlighting North American forests.
Canada ranks third in the list of greenest countries, with over 347 million hectares of forests. Image: Visual Capitalist.

A map highlighting the world's lost forests.
Since 2000, the world lost over 104 million hectares of pristine and intact forest landscapes. Image: Visual Capitalist.

What’s the World Economic Forum doing about climate change?

Have you read?
Don't miss any update on this topic

Create a free account and access your personalized content collection with our latest publications and analyses.

License and Republishing

World Economic Forum articles may be republished in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Public License, and in accordance with our Terms of Use.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author alone and not the World Economic Forum.

Related topics:
ForestsFuture of the EnvironmentGlobal Health
Global Agenda

The Agenda Weekly

A weekly update of the most important issues driving the global agenda

Subscribe today

You can unsubscribe at any time using the link in our emails. For more details, review our privacy policy.

Britain's wild woods are under threat. What can be done to protect them?

Mary Gagen

March 29, 2023


About Us



Partners & Members

  • Join us

Language Editions

Privacy Policy & Terms of Service

© 2023 World Economic Forum