Which region loses forests the most in the world?

Grade level: 3 – 5th


Deforestation in Brazil: The rainforest was cleared to make soy field

Skills: Circle graph

Related environmental issues:  Deforestation

Area level: Global


Humans have long cut down trees for logging, farming, ranching, and urban use. Because we cut more trees than we plant, we have lost large amounts of forests. The table shows how much forest-losses happened in which region in the world.

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  1. Which region lost the largest amount of forests?
  2. What percent of global forests were lost in South America?
  3. Which region lost as much forests as Oceania and Central America combined?

Source:  Mongabay.com

Photo: livescience

Answer keys

  1. Africa
  2. 39% (100-45-8-4-4=39)
  3. Asia