Forests in the world and in Europe
Polish forest resources against the world's resources
The total area of the world's forests is approximately 3,999,134 thousand ha. The average forest cover in countries around the world (in relation to land area) is approximately 30,6% (about 0.62 ha of forest per 1 person, ie. about 2.5 times higher than in Poland).
The countries with the largest forest area (as a percentage of total forest area of the world) are: Russia (20%), Brazil (13%), Canada (9%), USA (7%) and China (5%). European Union countries with the forest area of about 161 million hectares constitute about 4% of the world's forests. Forest area in Poland is 9.435 million ha, which is 0.23% of the world's forests and about 6% of the forests of the European Union.
Poland’s forest cover amounting to 30.8% (relative to land area) is similar to the average forest cover of the world (30,6%). Forest cover of our country is also close to the forest cover in Europe (excluding Russia) which is 32.2%. It is far lower than the forest cover of South America (49%), Europe including Russia (44,7%) and Central America (38%). Poland’s forest cover is, however, much higher than the forest cover of the whole of Africa (23%), Asia (19%) and Oceania (23%).