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Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th April 2004.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the percentage tree cover in each EU member state was (a) on the latest date for which figures are available, (b) 10 years ago and (c) 20 years ago.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare)

Based on information collected by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation forest as a percentage of land area is given in the table as follows.

Country 20001 1990 1 1980 2
Austria 47 46 45
Belgium/Luxembourg 22 23 23
Denmark 11 10 11
Finland 72 72 76
France 28 27 28
Germany 31 31 29
Greece 28 26 45
Ireland 10 7 6
Italy 34 33 27
Netherlands 11 11 10
Portugal 40 34 35
Spain 29 27 25
Sweden 66 66 68
United Kingdom 12 11 9


(6) FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000. Definitions of forest can vary between countries and over time.

(7) FAO The Forest Resources of the ECE Region, published 1985. The years covered vary between countries, although most are around 1980. Definitions of forest can vary between countries.

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