Forests are mostly celebrated for their timber, fodder, fuelwood and other non-timber forest products that they provide.
What is not universally appreciated is just how much forests contribute to crucial ecosystem services.
Forests are indispensable as far as protecting watersheds that are upstream and separating carbon from the atmosphere is concerned.
And they must continue intact in order to conserve gene pools and guarantee biodiversity so that future generations will be able to enjoy nature’s bounty and beauty.
Here are our top 10 largest forests in the world :
10. Mindo-Nambillo Cloud Forest, South America
The cloud forest of the Inter-Andean region is located in the Mindo Valley where two of the ecoregions with the greatest biological diversity converge: the lowlands of Chocó and the tropical Andes. You can practice various sports in the Mindo-Nambillo Ecological Reserve, such as birdwatch, a zipline adventure or a waterfall hike.
9.Kinabalu National Park, Asia
Kinabalu is Malaysia’s first protected national park, created by a special decree of 1964. The park is located on the Malaysian side of Borneo (Eastern Malaysia). The territory of the park is 754 square kilometers.
8.Daintree Forest, Australia
The Daintree Rainforest in the far north of Queensland in Australia is a premier tourist destination for anyone seeking the unspoiled natural splendor of a vast, ancient forest basking in a beautiful tropical climate.
The striking landscape of the Daintree region is rich and diverse and includes spectacular scenery, mountain ranges, fast-flowing streams and waterfalls, deep gorges and dense rainforest. The Daintree’s outstanding coastal scenery includes an unusual combination of tropical rainforest, white sandy beaches, and offshore reefs.
The Daintree is the largest tropical rainforest in Australia and covers an area of approximately 1,200 square kilometers in North Queensland. It stretches from the Daintree River north to Cooktown and west to the Great Dividing Range and is one of the most complex tropical rainforest ecosystems on earth. Its structural complexity and the diversity of its flora is unrivaled on the Australian continent.
7.Tropical Rainforest of Xishuangbanna, Asia
Xishuangbanna is a unique place in the world, the true natural pearl of China. There is no other oasis in the Tropic of Cancer line, and this makes it a privileged place for lovers of the exotic and nature. Located in Yunnan province, this peculiar destination requires a long trip to get to know it, but no one can deny that it is well worth any effort.
The jungle of Xishuangbanna retains its primitive state. Due to the difficulty of tracking this place and the bad communications, no famous adventurer knew about it. Only at the end of the 19th century, European expeditionists discovered these lands of magical tropical charm.
With its luscious mangrove trees and abundant flora and fauna, Sundarbans established itself as the largest block of mangrove forests in the world. Placed at the heart of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India this asian tourist spot is also a UNESCO’s World heritage site since 1997. It is measured to be around 4,143 sq km and the water area surrounding it is 1,874 sq km circling the rivers, canals and small streams. The rivers here is where the saltwater coming from Bay of Bengal and freshwater from River Ganges meet.
5.Tongass, North America
Tongass National Forest, 16,500,000 acres, on the southeast coast. Visitors spend their vacations there camping, canoeing, skating, and hiking.
4.Valdivian Temperate Rainforest, South America
The Valdivian rainforest is one of the world’s most unique biomes. This is a temperate rainforest located in South America. It covers approximately 248,100 square kilometers. It receives its most sunlight in January when there are 300 hours of daylight during this month.
The least amount of sunlight is during July where there are about 50 hours of sunlight. The average rainfall of this biome is 96 inches per year but the most rainfall tends to fall in the month of July.
3.Congo Rainforest, Africa
The vast forest of the Congo Basin is the second-largest tropical rainforest on earth and the lungs of Africa. Its incredibly rich and diverse ecosystem provides food, fresh water, shelter, and medicine for tens of millions of people, and is home to many critically endangered species including forest elephants, gorillas, bonobos, and okapis. Of the hundreds of mammal species discovered there so far, 39 are found nowhere else on Earth, and of its estimated 10,000 plant species, 3,300 are unique to the region.
2.Amazon Rainforest, South America
Spreading far and wide over the soils of Brazil, Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana and Suriname, sheltering an area of 5,500,000 km² (2,123,562 sq mi) is the world’s largest tropical rain forest with many species of wildlife and some of them are undiscovered up to date. It was even listed to be voted in the new seven wonders of Nature in 2009. Not only as a rainforest untouched but because of its variation in flora and fauna plus the climate and its vastness, it beholds a very important place among most beautiful places found on Earth. Not to forget though this is a living laboratory, a rich reserve of Carbon and a storehouse of Oxygen and it’s our top priority to protect it.
1.Taiga, Asia-Europe-North America
Did you know, that boreal forest, or Taiga, covers 9% of all Earth’s land and is the world’s largest land biome? Boreal forest runs across the northern USA and Canada, southern Iceland, across Norway, Finland, Sweden, through Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and northern Japan.
The boreal forest has a subarctic climate with a very large temperature range between seasons, but the long and cold winter is the dominant feature. Taiga sleeps most of the year. At the beginning of April, the forest is dormant, and only the first signs of life are notable. Green leaves of lingonberry, pines and spruce trees add some color to the picture, but the rest of the forest has a quite boring monochrome palette. But in a couple of months, this forest will become full of life, sounds, and colors. Billions of birds, from tiny kinglets to big cranes, will come back from the south to continue the circle of life and give birth to their offsprings. They migrate thousands of miles every year. This is amazing, but they know the truth of life. The only northern boreal forest can give them enough for growth.