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Which Countries Are Planting the Most Trees?

Kristen is the founder of UniGuide, among other things.
Which Countries Are Planting the Most Trees? Posted on December 30, 2019Leave a comment
Kristen is the founder of UniGuide, among other things.

Beautiful Trees in the Forest

The Earth is home to over three trillion trees. This number is so large that it’s almost impossible to fully grasp. By comparison, the Amazon Rainforest, which comprises over half of the Earth’s remaining rainforests, is home to about 390 billion trees, or 13 percent of the world’s trees.

By those numbers, it may seem like the Earth is full of trees. But the reality is that we have lost 80 percent of the world’s trees to logging, clearcutting, burning, and environmental degradation, according to data from the organization One Tree Planted. Yet, trees are essential to supporting life on Earth. Here are a few reasons why:

The Importance of Forests

Cuban Treefrog in a Fern Forest
Cuban Treefrog in a fern forest, Coconut Creek, Florida. Photo: Cary Bass.
  • 80% of world’s plants and animals live in forests and are dependent on forests to survive.
  • 1 in 5 people globally depend on forests to earn their living.
  • 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere are the result of tropical forest destruction.
  • Trees are essential to a healthy water cycle: They collect water in their roots and release it into the atmosphere, thus helping to prevent the planet from drying out.
  • Planting 500 billion new trees could help reduce carbon in the atmosphere by 25 percent, thus lessening the impacts of climate change.

Because forests are so critically important to sustaining life on Earth, a number of new initiatives are underway to help and motivate people to plant more trees. One such campaign is the Billion Tree Campaign, which is managed by the nonprofit Plant for the Planet Foundation. The global organization has been educating and inspiring people to plant more trees around the world since 2007. New research revealed that planting one trillion trees could cancel out the last 10 years of anthropogenic CO2 emissions and sequester 160 billion tons of carbon from the atmosphere.

Planting Trees
Planting Trees at La Digue School, Seychelles. Photo: Patrick Joubert.

Plant for the Planet has a web app with cool features that encourage people to plant trees, such as:

  • Letting you register the trees you’ve planted, sharing photos, and more
  • Gifting trees planted to others
  • Seeing where trees that you’ve donated to support are planted
  • Setting up tree planting competitions

Here’s a video from Plant for the Planet:

https://www.plant-for-the-planet.org/en/about-us/news/5b2dd72e-e501-11e9-9c3d-902b34544d94

Countries that Have Planted the Most Trees

With many initiatives around the world that are planting trees, which countries are doing the best job? According to Plant for the Planet’s World Tree Map, below is the ranking of the top 100 countries in terms of how many trees they’ve planted in just the last year. (You can also see which organizations, companies, schools, and individuals have planted the most trees.)

Ranking Country Trees Planted
1 China 2,407,149,493
2 India 2,159,420,898
3 Ethiopia 1,725,350,234
4 Pakistan 1,006,776,724
5 Mexico 789,307,032
6 Turkey 711,103,088
7 Peru 646,502,236
8 Nigeria 626,725,667
9 Kenya 534,680,609
10 United States 315,586,982
11 Ghana 220,571,208
12 Italy 211,269,211
13 Myanmar 192,154,935
14 Philippines 187,393,371
15 Tanzania 159,635,654
16 Brazil 144,078,245
17 Cuba 137,476,944
18 Canada 137,302,121
19 Algeria 128,124,520
20 Burundi 119,430,669
21 Indonesia 115,216,883
22 Spain 107,675,557
23 Romania 66,578,366
24 South Korea 58,725,859
25 France 40,510,631
26 Estonia 39,009,236
27 Venezuela 36,702,957
28 Azerbaijan 34,382,212
29 Afghanistan 34,019,233
30 Benin 30,742,992
31 Morocco 28,004,559
32 Costa Rica 25,518,682
33 Belgium 23,785,880
34 Uganda 21,866,960
35 Tunisia 21,008,735
36 Senegal 20,134,702
37 Paraguay 20,009,395
38 Chile 18,013,132
39 Guatemala 16,607,081
40 United Kingdom 14,550,507
41 Japan 14,093,513
42 Colombia 13,795,002
43 Norway 12,788,611
44 Sri Lanka 12,242,859
45 Sierra Leone 12,002,662
46 Australia 11,908,134
47 Malaysia 10,652,529
48 Iraq 10,241,091
49 Thailand 9,026,174
50 Ecuador 8,924,626
51 Egypt 8,542,581
52 Germany 8,523,687
53 Taiwan 7,642,099
54 Panama 7,265,456
55 Bangladesh 6,902,528
56 Cameroon 6,584,745
57 Guinea 6,566,406
58 Nicaragua 6,425,810
59 Argentina 6,157,386
60 Gambia 5,021,900
61 Kyrgyzstan 5,000,000
62 South Africa 4,862,997
63 Austria 4,574,901
64 United Arab Emirates 4,225,576
65 Israel 4,110,451
66 Congo-Brazzaville 3,962,389
67 Nepal 3,575,197
68 Malawi 3,330,822
69 Zambia 3,298,344
70 Jordan 2,607,803
71 Armenia 2,368,641
72 Poland 2,340,731
73 Timor-Leste 2,155,000
74 Sweden 2,126,561
75 Albania 2,045,300
76 New Zealand 1,970,374
77 Portugal 1,655,575
78 Congo-Kinshasa 1,554,353
79 Mali 1,516,153
80 Ireland 1,464,908
81 Madagascar 1,423,385
82 Rwanda 1,404,081
83 Netherlands 1,301,800
84 Laos 1,166,249
85 Mozambique 1,127,183
86 Fiji 1,077,897
87 Mongolia 1,041,376
88 Turkmenistan 880,001
89 Cambodia 833,582
90 Burkina Faso 693,355
91 Montenegro 650,837
92 Bolivia 639,298
93 Sudan 610,981
94 Mauritius 561,885
95 Mauritania 475,230
96 Serbia 424,452
97 Haiti 423,243
98 Zimbabwe 408,356
99 Togo 367,165
100 Brunei 336,459
Data: Plant for the Planet.

Let’s do this!

Planting trees in South Dakota
Planting trees in South Dakota. Photo: USDA NRCS.
Kristen is the founder of UniGuide, among other things.

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