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Caribbean Forest Information and Data

According to the U.N. FAO, 30.3% or about 6,933,000 ha of Caribbean is forested, according to FAO.

Change in Forest Cover: Between 1990 and 2010, Caribbean lost an average of 51,550 ha or 0.87% per year. In total, between 1990 and 2010, Caribbean gained 17.5% of its forest cover, or around 1,031,000 ha.

Caribbean's forests contain - million metric tons of carbon in living forest biomass.

2011 Update

In May 2011, Sassan Saatchi of Caltech's Jet Propulsion Lab and colleagues published a paper in PNAS with
new carbon stock estimates for global tropical forests.

Forest definition (canopy cover %)10% tree cover25% tree cover30% tree cover
Forest Area (M ha)1397
Aboveground forest carbon (Mt C)418302271
Belowground forest carbon (Mt C)1299283
Total forest carbon (Mt C)547394353
Average Carbon Density (t C/ha)434647
M=million, t=metric tons; all figures are mean carbon stock values

Caribbean Islands Environmental profile

The following contains data relating to forest cover in Caribbean

Previous version of this profile (2009)

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Caribbean: Forest Cover, 2010
Total Land Area (1000 square kilometers)22898
Total Forest Area (1000 ha)6933
Percent Forest Cover30
Primary Forest Cover (1000 ha)-
Primary Forest, % total forest-
Other wooded land (1000 ha)1103
Percent other wooded land5




Caribbean: Breakdown of forest types, 2010
Primary forest (1000 ha | % of forest area)--
Other naturally regenerated forest (1000 ha | % of forest area)--
Planted Forest (1000 ha | % of forest area)--


Caribbean: Trends in Total (Net) Forest Cover, 1990-2010
TOTAL FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
5902643467286933
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
535941
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
0.870.900.60


Caribbean: Trends in Natural Forest Cover (Deforestation), 1990-2010
FOREST COVER (excluding planted forests) (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
5512604162846387
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
535335
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
1.00.960.57


Caribbean: Trends in Primary or Old Growth Forest Cover, 1990-2010
PRIMARY FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
----
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
---
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
---


Caribbean: Trends in Planted Forest Cover, 1990-2010
PLANTED FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
390393444546
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
010.220
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
0.082.603.74


Caribbean: Primary designated function (percent)
ProductionProtection of soil and waterConservation of biodiversitySocial servicesMultiple useOtherNone or unknown
28381914n.s.10


Caribbean: Forest ownership and management rights 2005 (percent)
OWNERSHIP PATTERN
Public ownershipPrivate ownershipOther
---


PRIVATE OWNERSHIP
IndividualsBusiness entities and institutionsLocal, indigenous and tribal communities
---


HOLDER OF MANAGEMENT RIGHTS OF PUBLIC FORESTS
Public administrationIndividualsBusiness entities and InstitutionsCommunitiesOther
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Caribbean: Growing stock in forest
GROWING STOCK IN FOREST
Total
(million m3)
Per hectare
(m3)
Coniferous
(million m3)
Broadleaved
(million m3)
% commercial species
-----
GROWING STOCK IN FOREST
Total (million m3)Per hectare (m3)Coniferous (million m3)Broadleaved (million m3)% commercial species
--


Caribbean: Trends in carbon stock in living forest biomass 1990-2010
CARBON STOCK IN LIVING FOREST BIOMASS
(million metric tons)
1990200020052010
----
CARBON STOCK IN LIVING FOREST BIOMASS
(per hectare in tons)
2000
-
ANNUAL CHANGE
(1 000 t/yr)
1990200020052010
---
ANNUAL CHANGE PER HECTARE
(t/ha/yr)
1990200020052010
---


Caribbean: Area of forest affected by fire and other disturbances 2005
FOREST FIRE
1000 ha% wild fire (not managed burn)
--


EXCLUDING FOREST FIRE
InsectsDiseasesOther biotic agentsAbiotic factorsTotal (excluding fire)% of 2005 forest area
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Caribbean: Trends in removals of wood products 1990-2005
INDUSTRIAL ROUNDWOOD
Total volume (1 000 m3 over bark)
199020002005percent of which from forest 2005
----
WOODFUEL
Total volume (1 000 m3 over bark)
199020002005percent of which from forest 2005
----


Caribbean: Value of wood and NWFP removals 2005
Value of removals
(million US$)
Value per ha forest
(US$)
Industrial roundwoodWoodfuelNWFPTotal
-----


Caribbean: Employment in forestry 1990-2005
TOTAL
(1000 full-time employees)
199020002005
---
IN PRIMARY PRODUCTION OF GOODS-FORESTRY
(1000 full-time employees)
199020002005
---
IN MANAGEMENT OF PROTECTED AREAS-CONSERVATION
(1000 full-time employees)
199020002005
---


Caribbean: Forest policy and legal framework 2008
National forest policy (year): - (-)
Sub-national forest policy: -
National forest program (year) - status: - (-) -
National forest law (year): - (-) Sub-national forest law: -

Caribbean: Human resources within public forest institutions 2000-2008
200020052008
#% female#% female#% female
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Caribbean: Forest revenue and public expenditure on forestry 2005
Forest revenuePublic expenditure (1000 US$)
Domestic fundingExternal fundingTotal
(1000 US$)Operational expenditureTransfer paymentsOperational expenditureTransfer paymentsOperational expenditureTransfer payments
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Caribbean: Status of ratification of international conventions and agreements as of 1 January 2010
  • CbD:
  • UNFCCC:
  • Kyoto Protocol:
  • UNCCD:
  • ITTA:
  • CITeS:
  • Ramsar:
  • World Heritage Convention:
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    Largest Cities in the Caribbean

    Cities and urban areas in the
    Caribbean with population over 100,000, sorted by City Population All figures are estimates for 2002.

    CityCountryCity PopulationUrban Area PopulationUrban Area Rank [World]City Pop Rank [World]Urban Area Rank [North America]City Pop Rank [North America]
    HavanaCuba2328000266230012883236
    Santo DomingoDominican Republic20612002799600120100217
    Port-au-PrinceHaiti108280017281002022463724
    KingstonJamaica5839009250004554927754
    Santiago de CubaCuba54440054440074953712163
    SantiagoDominican Republic45800045800086966912878
    CamagueyCuba3486003486001033901140107
    HolguinCuba31210031210011281019150125
    GuantanamoCuba26920026920012801195157134
    Santa ClaraCuba24780024780013801307166146
    BayamoCuba18640018640018091775214207
    La RomanaDominican Republic18250018250018431811218211
    NassauBahamas17930017930018771847220213
    Pinar del RioCuba17630017630019011873223217
    CienfuegosCuba16860016860019731944231226
    San Pedro de MacorisDominican Republic15900015900020742051239235
    Las TunasCuba14580014580022482229266263
    MatanzasCuba14220014220023002282276273
    San Francisco de MacorisDominican Republic13350013350024302415292290
    Sancti SpiritusCuba12320012320026072591319317
    Cap-HaitienHaiti12270012270026172601321319
    ManzanilloCuba12100012100026582642328326
    Ciego de AvilaCuba11980011980026812665335333
    Palma SorianoCuba11160011160028622846358357
    San CristobalDominican Republic11160011160028632847359358
    Puerto PlataDominican Republic11150011150028652849360359
    La VegaDominican Republic10620010620029992984387387


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    Caribbean : References & Data Sources
     Environment, Land use / Resources, Economy, Population / Demographics, Infrastructure, Health -- CIA World Factbook, 2005
     Forest Cover, Forest types, Breakdown of forest types, Change in Forest Cover, Primary forests, Forest designation, Disturbances affecting forest land, Value of forests, Production, trade and consumption of forest products -- The FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS's Global Forest Resources Assessment (2005 & 2010) and the State of the World's Forests (2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2001)
     Protected Areas, Plant and animal biodiversity -- United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC). 2004. World Database on Protected Areas.
     Biosphere reservers -- United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - Man and Biosphere Program. 2004. UNESCO - MAB Biosphere Reserves Directory.
     RAMSAR sites -- The Bureau of the Convention on Wetlands . 2005. The Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance.
     World Resources Institute's EarthTrends web site
     The 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
     Population Data -- United Nations Population Fund
     With additional analysis by Rhett Butler of mongabay.com



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