According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, Brazil lost an average of 2.6 million hectares of forest annually in the past ten years compared to four million hectares per year in South America as a whole and 3.4 million hectares a year in Africa. This compares to 2.9 million hectares per year in Brazil in the 1990s. The figure is described as one of the highest in any country globally.
The graph shows a decline in the forest area, which is considered land under natural or planted stands of trees, whether productive or not, of at least five metres in situ. It excludes tree stands in agricultural production systems (ie, in fruit strands or agroforestry systems) or trees in urban (parks or gardens).
Forest area is shown in percentage of land area.