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Forest 2000

Map No. 106

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The definition of forest used by the World Bank is "land under natural or planted stands of trees".

In the Solomon Islands more than 90% of the land was covered in forest in the year 2000, making these islands the territory with the most forest cover in the world. In contrast Malta had no forests recorded in 2000. However it is unlikely that Malta had no trees at all.

As was the case in 1990, the largest areas of forest in 2000 were found in the Russian Federation, Brazil and Canada.

The top and bottom ten tables for forests in 2000 are almost identical to those for forests in 1990.

"Russian forests act as an environmental shield not only for this country, but for the whole planet." Vladimir Putin, 2006

Territory size shows the proportion of worldwide forest found there in 2000.

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