The table shows forested land in millions of hectares in different parts of the world. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
The table illustrates how many millions of hectares of forest area in 6 different parts of the world, namely Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America over the course of 15 years starting in 1990.
Looking at the table, it is immediately obvious that while the number of hectares of forest in Asia and Europe experience upward trends, the rest areas see a decrease in the forest area. Particularly, Europe's forest area registers the highest figures.
In 1990, the forest area of Asia stood at 576 million hectares. Apart from a brief fall in 2000, this figure went up considerably to 584 millions hectares 5 years later. A similar trend was witnessed in forested land in Europe, which had a very significant surge from 989 millions hectares to 1001 millions hectares during a period of 15 years, marking a sharp grow of 12 million hectares of forest.
In sharp contrast to those two areas, there was a fewer of forests in North America. In 1990, the number of forested land in this part of the world was 708 million hectares. However, from 2000, this figure fell by 3 million hectares and remained stable since then. Similarly, wood area in Oceania had the lowest data with its gradual decline of 1 million hectares each year, from 199 millions in 1990 to 197 millions 15 years later.