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Congo Deforestation Statistics


By Rhett Butler July 24, 2013
By Rhett Butler   |  Last updated 2016-Jan-23



Land areaPopulationPopulationPopulationPopulationEconomic indicatorsForestForestForest
TotalTotalDensityGrowth RateRuralGDP per capitaTotal% of land areaAnnual rate of change
1999199919991995-200019991997200020001990-2000
Country/area(Ĺ000 ha)(Ĺ000)(population/km 2)(%)(%)(US$)(Ĺ000 ha)% of land(%)
Cameroon46,54014,69331.62.751.958723,85851.3-0.9
Central African Republic62,2973,5505.71.959.234122,90736.8-0.1
Congo34,1502,8648.42.838.363322,06064.6-0.1
Dem. Rep. of the Congo226,70550,33522.22.670114135,20759.6-0.4
Equatorial Guinea2,80544215.82.552.98921,75262.5-0.6
Gabon25,7671,1974.62.645.93,98521,82684.7n.s.


UPDATED

Total land area
Total forest cover
2005
Primary forest cover
2005
Total
deforestation
1990-2005
Loss of
primary forest
1990-2005
Country(1000 ha)(1000 ha)% of total
land area
(1000 ha)% of total
land area
%
of 1990
forest cover
% of 1990
primary
forest cover
Cameroon47,54421,24545.6-n/a-13.4%n/a
Central African Republic62,29822,75536.5-n/a-1.9%n/a
Congo34,20022,47165.87,46421.8-1.1%-1.1
Democratic Rep. of Congo234,486133,61058.9-n/a-4.9%n/a
Equatorial Guinea2,8051,63258.2-n/a-12.3%n/a
Gabon26,76721,77584.5-n/a-0.7%n/a


Lowland rainforest coverProtected areas, 2010
Country(1000 ha)(% of land)Number(1000 ha)% land mass
Cameroon2003742%223822996617.31%
Congo2093261%193967*10.00%
CAR58339%16687351511.03%
DRC10718146%792579554211.00%
Gabon2241684%21355447713.28%
Eq Guinea216377%1358600020.89%
Central Africa17856244%45039500.311.04%
* Republic of Congo's data on file with OFAC (Observatoire des ForÉts d'Afrique Centrale)
is not consistent between the area and percentage of protected areas.


Lowland rainforest coverGross annual deforestation (%)Gross annual degradation (%)
Country(1000 ha)(% of land)1990-20002000-20051990-20002000-2005
Cameroon2003742%0.10%0.17%0.08%0.14%
Congo2093261%0.08%0.16%0.04%0.08%
CAR58339%0.09%0.10%0.04%0.05%
DRC10718146%0.15%0.32%0.02%0.16%
Gabon2241684%0.08%0.07%0.01%0.04%
Eq Guinea216377%0.13%0.00%0.02%0.00%
Central Africa17856244%0.13%0.26%0.07%0.14%
Data sources: Forest cover (Mayaux et al 2013); deforestation and degradation rates (COMIFAC 2012)