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Least Forested Countries in Asia

Name the countries of Asia that have the lowest percentage of tree cover.
Forest area: CCI_LC via FAOStat. 2020 data.
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First submittedFebruary 11, 2019
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Country
0.065
Saudi Arabia
0.15
Oman
0.18
Turkmenistan
0.20
Jordan
0.43
Kuwait
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Country
0.60
Iraq
0.64
Uzbekistan
0.65
United Arab Emirates
0.89
Yemen
0.93
Qatar
41 Comments
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Level 62
Feb 11, 2019
Sure hope they are really protecting that .01 hunk of forest in oman.
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Level 36
Apr 22, 2019
Hopefully
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Level 71
Oct 22, 2023
They did!!! It went up to 0.15% this time.
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Level 33
Feb 11, 2019
You should make some quizzes on WWI.
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Level 87
Feb 11, 2019
Mmm... I remember hiking through the vast forests of Singapore...
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Level 88
Feb 11, 2019
Have a look on google earth. Heaps of greenery.
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Level ∞
Nov 9, 2021
13.9% forested according to our source.
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Level 82
Nov 9, 2021
The whole central portion of Singapore island is covered in forest. It may be small, but it's very green.
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Level 81
Jun 23, 2023
And as a percentage of an already-tiny country, it's very sizable.
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Level 69
Apr 21, 2019
Yemen might not have a lot of trees, but they've got some of the most wonderful ones - the Dragon Blood Trees on the island of Socotra. Impossible to travel there now due to the war in Yemen, but I'd love to see them one day.
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Level 52
Apr 21, 2019
Actually Socotra is doing just fine under UAE humanitarian intervention/occupation, though I imagine the connecting flights might be a sticking point.
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Level 69
Apr 21, 2019
Yep, fortunately the war hasn't reached Socotra, but getting there is the problem. Last time I checked anyway it was simply impossible to book a ticket.
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Level 62
May 25, 2021
:(
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Level 83
Nov 9, 2021
Currently it's possible to visit Socotra, last trip report was on an Emirates flight from Abu Dhabi, official humanitarian flight so you won't see it as you can't book it online.
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Level 59
Apr 21, 2019
Where are Forest in Singapore ?

In Garden by the Bays ?

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Level 81
Jun 23, 2023
Mandai Gardens; Kian Teck San; Kranji Marshes; Bukit Timah Nature Reserve; the entire area between the Central, Seletar and MacRitchie Reservoirs; Simpang Marshes; Pulau Ubin; Pulau Tekong; the list goes on and on and on.

If you look at it on a satellite map, you'll notice that well over 1/4 the country is protected and/or otherwise forested.

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Level 89
Jun 23, 2023
On top of hotels by the swimming pools.
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Level 41
May 7, 2019
I want to know what percentage of Bahrain is forested.
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Level 81
Jun 23, 2023
Yeah, its absence from the list surprised me too.

I looked at a satellite image and I'm seeing a bit of green along the west coast. It's not a lot by area (and I think calling it "forest" might be generous) but when the country is so small to begin with, it doesn't take much to push the percentage up enough to drop it off the list.

I suspect it's a "near miss" kind of deal.

Basically, because this list is done by percentage, it pretty naturally excludes any of the really tiny countries.

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Level 58
Aug 15, 2019
I would expect maldives
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Level 59
Mar 17, 2020
Read the title as in Africa and was very confused :|
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Level 66
Jan 8, 2022
After trying Mali, Chad etc. i got a Little Bit confused. Read title again… 🤦‍♂️
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Level 49
Dec 21, 2020
Why are people so surprised about Singapore?? Its humid af, and its practilly at the equator. Every cm not occupied by the city will be forests.
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Level 82
Mar 27, 2021
"every cm not occupied by city" I think is the key... there aren't many cms like that in Singapore.
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Level 60
Sep 25, 2021
Actually, there is plenty. There is a massive Nature reserve smack bang in the middle of the island and the entire northwestern part is pretty green too.

I get where the missconception is comming from, with it being a city state with one of the largeat population densities in the world. But we live in an era when we can correct these missconceptions with one look at a satelite image or a single google search. But also, we live in an era when people are too lazy to do even that.

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Level 81
Jun 23, 2023
Kal, you know way better than that. Spend a few seconds to look at it on satellite view. A huge percentage of the country is protected and/or otherwise forested, with a ban on development.
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Level 51
Jan 25, 2021
Qatar with the 0 percent LOL
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Level 46
Jan 29, 2021
I would have expected at least 5% forest coverage in Pakistan, wow!
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Level 64
Mar 10, 2021
How do I constantly forget that Kuwait exists
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Level 33
May 14, 2021
Really hope Oman is savoring that one tree
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Level 49
May 25, 2021
Does a single tree make 0.001% in bahrain?
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Level 63
Nov 10, 2021
A single tree is not a forest.
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Level 83
Nov 9, 2021
Qatar could’ve been spared a 0 had they counted those fake trees in Doha’s Hamad Intl Airport.
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Level 68
Nov 9, 2021
Kazakhstan being that low surprised me, given how big it is. I guess it is all just big open nothingness!
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Level 74
Jan 8, 2022
Well, it makes up a pretty big chunk of the Eurasian steppe, which really is just vast plains and grasslands.
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Level 84
Nov 9, 2021
This explains why my son's lemonade stand outperformed my leaf blower business in Doha. That does it. I'm moving the family and the business to Oman. (I hope they like lemonade in Muscat)
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Level 58
Nov 10, 2021
The "how many middle-eastern countries can you name" quiz.
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Level 44
Nov 10, 2021
Let's just replant the trees in the world
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Level 47
Nov 19, 2021
Oman with under 10 square miles of forest
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Level 59
Jan 8, 2022
i want to know where these trees in saudi arabia are
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Level 62
Jan 8, 2022
Mostly in the hills of the Hejaz region, especially the southern part.