Table 1: The forest area and biomass stock in Brazil from 1990 to 2005. This table shows a dramatic reduction in both forest quantity and quality. The data is obtained from the website of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, global forest resources assessment, 2005 available online at: http://www.fao.org/forestry/country/32185/en/bra/ and http://www.fao.org/forestry/country/32183/en/bra/.

Categories199020002005

Forest area (106 hectares)
 Primary460.51433.22415.89
 Modified natural54.4454.7156.42
 Productive plantation5.075.285.38
 Total520.03493.21477.70
Biomass stock (103 million metric tonnes oven-dry weight)
 Above ground biomass86.0982.6879.22
 Below ground biomass24.4322.8622.02
 Dead wood6.886.566.36
 Total117.40112.10107.60