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Deforestation in Canada
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Yes. Each year some forests in Canada are deforested so the land can be put to new uses.

Canada contributed 0.37% of the total global deforestation6 that has occurred since 1990, while having 9% of the world’s forest area 7.

The annual rate of deforestation in Canada is among the world’s lowest at 0.01% of its forest area (🔗 367.6 Mha8).

The annual deforestation rate in Canada has declined over 30 years from about 65,000 hectares (ha) in 1990 to 49,000 ha in 2019.

Canada’s national deforestation monitoring system estimates deforestation by land use type, year, and ecological zone. To jump directly to the data go to the Deforestation Data Explorer section.

Taken at Qualicum Beach, near Parksville BC 200131

Canada’s forests are affected by both natural and human induced change. These are called forest disturbances as reported in the annual 🔗State of Canada’s Forests report 7.

Click on the deforestation circle to show the relative area of each industrial driver.

Deforestation was responsible for approximately 2% of Canada’s national annual CO2 emissions in 2020.

According to WRI’s Climate Watch data10, Canada’s 2019 GHG emissions represent 1.55% of the world’s emissions11.

Taken at Myra Canyon, near Kelowna BC 201931

The Government of Canada reports the annual area of deforestation in Canada each year in the Minister of Natural Resources’ annual report to Parliament on the 🔗 State of Canada’s Forests7.

Canada reports deforestation statistics in the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization’s 🔗 Global Forest Resources Assessments20.

Canada also reports greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation in its annual 🔗 National Inventory Report on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Removals21 for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Where does Canada report on deforestation?