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Dominica Forest Information and Data

According to the U.N. FAO, 60.0% or about 45,000 ha of Dominica is forested, according to FAO.

Change in Forest Cover: Between 1990 and 2010, Dominica lost an average of 250 ha or 0.50% per year. In total, between 1990 and 2010, Dominica lost 10.0% of its forest cover, or around 5,000 ha.

Dominica's forests contain - million metric tons of carbon in living forest biomass. Biodiversity and Protected Areas: Dominica has some 202 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles according to figures from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Of these, 3.5% are endemic, meaning they exist in no other country, and 5.4% are threatened. Dominica is home to at least 1228 species of vascular plants, of which 0.9% are endemic. 13.3% of Dominica is protected under IUCN categories I-V.

The following contains data relating to forest cover in Dominica

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Dominica: Forest Cover, 2010
Total Land Area (1000 square kilometers)75
Total Forest Area (1000 ha)45
Percent Forest Cover60
Primary Forest Cover (1000 ha)27
Primary Forest, % total forest60
Other wooded land (1000 ha)n.s.
Percent other wooded landn.s.




Dominica: Breakdown of forest types, 2010
Primary forest (1000 ha | % of forest area)2760
Other naturally regenerated forest (1000 ha | % of forest area)1840
Planted Forest (1000 ha | % of forest area)n.s.n.s.


Dominica: Trends in Total (Net) Forest Cover, 1990-2010
TOTAL FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
50474645
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
n.s.n.s.n.s.
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
-0.55-0.57-0.59


Dominica: Trends in Natural Forest Cover (Deforestation), 1990-2010
FOREST COVER (excluding planted forests) (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
50474645
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
000
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
-0.6-10


Dominica: Trends in Primary or Old Growth Forest Cover, 1990-2010
PRIMARY FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
28282727
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
n.s.n.s.n.s.
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
-0.30-0.31-0.31


Dominica: Trends in Planted Forest Cover, 1990-2010
PLANTED FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
0n.s.n.s.n.s.
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
n.s.00
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
-00


Dominica: Primary designated function (percent)
ProductionProtection of soil and waterConservation of biodiversitySocial servicesMultiple useOtherNone or unknown
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Dominica: Forest ownership and management rights 2005 (percent)
OWNERSHIP PATTERN
Public ownershipPrivate ownershipOther
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PRIVATE OWNERSHIP
IndividualsBusiness entities and institutionsLocal, indigenous and tribal communities
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HOLDER OF MANAGEMENT RIGHTS OF PUBLIC FORESTS
Public administrationIndividualsBusiness entities and InstitutionsCommunitiesOther
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Dominica: Growing stock in forest
GROWING STOCK IN FOREST
Total
(million m3)
Per hectare
(m3)
Coniferous
(million m3)
Broadleaved
(million m3)
% commercial species
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GROWING STOCK IN FOREST
Total (million m3)Per hectare (m3)Coniferous (million m3)Broadleaved (million m3)% commercial species
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Dominica: Trends in carbon stock in living forest biomass 1990-2010
CARBON STOCK IN LIVING FOREST BIOMASS
(million metric tons)
1990200020052010
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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
---


Dominica: Area of forest affected by fire and other disturbances 2005
FOREST FIRE
1000 ha% wild fire (not managed burn)
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EXCLUDING FOREST FIRE
InsectsDiseasesOther biotic agentsAbiotic factorsTotal (excluding fire)% of 2005 forest area
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Dominica: Trends in removals of wood products 1990-2005
INDUSTRIAL ROUNDWOOD
Total volume (1 000 m3 over bark)
199020002005percent of which from forest 2005
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WOODFUEL
Total volume (1 000 m3 over bark)
199020002005percent of which from forest 2005
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Dominica: Value of wood and NWFP removals 2005
Value of removals
(million US$)
Value per ha forest
(US$)
Industrial roundwoodWoodfuelNWFPTotal
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Dominica: 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
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Dominica: Forest policy and legal framework 2008
National forest policy (year): Yes (1949)
Sub-national forest policy: No
National forest program (year) - status: No (-) -
National forest law (year): Specific forest law (1976) Sub-national forest law: No

Dominica: Human resources within public forest institutions 2000-2008
200020052008
#% female#% female#% female
234234234


Dominica: 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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Dominica: Status of ratification of international conventions and agreements as of 1 January 2010
  • CbD:
  • UNFCCC:
  • Kyoto Protocol:
  • UNCCD:
  • ITTA:
  • CITeS:
  • Ramsar:
  • World Heritage Convention:
  • NlbI: [an error occurred while processing this directive] Dominica: Environment
    Environment - current issuesNA
    Environment - international agreementsparty to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Whaling
    signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
    Natural hazardsflash floods are a constant threat; destructive hurricanes can be expected during the late summer months


    Dominica: Land use / Resources
    Land use (%)arable land: 6.67%
    permanent crops: 20%
    other: 73.33% (2001)
    Natural resourcestimber, hydropower, arable land


    Dominica: Economy
    Economy - overview:The Dominican economy depends on agriculture, primarily bananas, and remains highly vulnerable to climatic conditions and international economic developments. Production of bananas dropped precipitously in 2003, a major reason for the 1% decline in GDP. Tourism increased in 2003 as the government sought to promote Dominica as an "ecotourism" destination. Development of the tourism industry remains difficult, however, because of the rugged coastline, lack of beaches, and the absence of an international airport. The government began a comprehensive restructuring of the economy in 2003 - including elimination of price controls, privatization of the state banana company, and tax increases - to address Dominica's economic crisis and to meet IMF targets. In order to diversify the island's production base the government is attempting to develop an offshore financial sector and is planning to construct an oil refinery on the eastern part of the island.
    GDP - per capita$5,500 (2003 est.)
    GDP - real growth rate (%)-1% (2003 est.)
    Agriculture - productsbananas, citrus, mangoes, root crops, coconuts, cocoa; forest and fishery potential not exploited
    GDP - composition by sector (%)agriculture: 18%, industry: 24%, services: 58% (2002 est.)
    Industries soap, coconut oil, tourism, copra, furniture, cement blocks, shoes
    Economic aid - recipient$22.8 million (2003 est.)
    Debt - external$161.5 million (2001)
    Population below poverty line (%)30% (2002 est.)
    Labor force - by occupation (%)agriculture 40%, industry and commerce 32%, services 28%


    Dominica: Population / Demographics
    Population (July 2005)69,029
    Population growth rate (%) (2005)-0.27%
    Population density (people/sq km) (2005)91.6
    Percent rural (2003)28.0%
    Median age (years)total: 29.59 years
    Total fertility rate (children born/woman)1.96 (2005 est.)
    Ethnic groups (%)black, mixed black and European, European, Syrian, Carib Amerindian


    [an error occurred while processing this directive]--> Dominica: Infrastructure
    Telephones - main lines in use23,700 (2002)
    Telephones - mobile cellular9,400 (2002)
    Roadways (km)total: 780 km
    paved: 393 km
    unpaved: 387 km (1999)


    Dominica: Health
    Life expectancy at birth (years)total population: 74.65 years
    male: 71.73 years
    female: 77.71 years (2005 est.)
    Infant mortality rate14.15 deaths/1,000 live births
    HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate (%)NA

    Dominica : 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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