Reafforestation in China and India

Image source: The Economist

Here is an interesting chart if ever there was one. The Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) — a reliable source, one would think — has published data on the annual rate of deforestation over the past decade which shows that some countries are bucking the trend and have become net reafforestors (if that is a word) between 2000 and 2010. Amazingly, among the largest reafforestors are China and India. Everything I read suggests the opposite should be true. A classic case of misreporting by government agencies perhaps, or have I just become way too cynical? Australia, meanwhile, is in the same bracket as Brazil and Indonesia, which is not something to be especially proud of.