Which Countries Are Planting the Most Trees?

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.)

RankingCountryTrees Planted
1China2,407,149,493
2India2,159,420,898
3Ethiopia1,725,350,234
4Pakistan1,006,776,724
5Mexico789,307,032
6Turkey711,103,088
7Peru646,502,236
8Nigeria626,725,667
9Kenya534,680,609
10United States315,586,982
11Ghana220,571,208
12Italy211,269,211
13Myanmar192,154,935
14Philippines187,393,371
15Tanzania159,635,654
16Brazil144,078,245
17Cuba137,476,944
18Canada137,302,121
19Algeria128,124,520
20Burundi119,430,669
21Indonesia115,216,883
22Spain107,675,557
23Romania66,578,366
24South Korea58,725,859
25France40,510,631
26Estonia39,009,236
27Venezuela36,702,957
28Azerbaijan34,382,212
29Afghanistan34,019,233
30Benin30,742,992
31Morocco28,004,559
32Costa Rica25,518,682
33Belgium23,785,880
34Uganda21,866,960
35Tunisia21,008,735
36Senegal20,134,702
37Paraguay20,009,395
38Chile18,013,132
39Guatemala16,607,081
40United Kingdom14,550,507
41Japan14,093,513
42Colombia13,795,002
43Norway12,788,611
44Sri Lanka12,242,859
45Sierra Leone12,002,662
46Australia11,908,134
47Malaysia10,652,529
48Iraq10,241,091
49Thailand9,026,174
50Ecuador8,924,626
51Egypt8,542,581
52Germany8,523,687
53Taiwan7,642,099
54Panama7,265,456
55Bangladesh6,902,528
56Cameroon6,584,745
57Guinea6,566,406
58Nicaragua6,425,810
59Argentina6,157,386
60Gambia5,021,900
61Kyrgyzstan5,000,000
62South Africa4,862,997
63Austria4,574,901
64United Arab Emirates4,225,576
65Israel4,110,451
66Congo-Brazzaville3,962,389
67Nepal3,575,197
68Malawi3,330,822
69Zambia3,298,344
70Jordan2,607,803
71Armenia2,368,641
72Poland2,340,731
73Timor-Leste2,155,000
74Sweden2,126,561
75Albania2,045,300
76New Zealand1,970,374
77Portugal1,655,575
78Congo-Kinshasa1,554,353
79Mali1,516,153
80Ireland1,464,908
81Madagascar1,423,385
82Rwanda1,404,081
83Netherlands1,301,800
84Laos1,166,249
85Mozambique1,127,183
86Fiji1,077,897
87Mongolia1,041,376
88Turkmenistan880,001
89Cambodia833,582
90Burkina Faso693,355
91Montenegro650,837
92Bolivia639,298
93Sudan610,981
94Mauritius561,885
95Mauritania475,230
96Serbia424,452
97Haiti423,243
98Zimbabwe408,356
99Togo367,165
100Brunei336,459
Data: Plant for the Planet.

Let’s do this!

Planting trees in South Dakota
Planting trees in South Dakota. Photo: USDA NRCS.

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