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Dominican Republic Forest Information and Data

According to the U.N. FAO, 40.8% or about 1,972,000 ha of Dominican Republic is forested, according to FAO. Dominican Republic's forests contain 114 million metric tons of carbon in living forest biomass. Biodiversity and Protected Areas: Dominican Rep has some 415 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles according to figures from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Of these, 14.5% are endemic, meaning they exist in no other country, and 14.9% are threatened. Dominican Rep is home to at least 5657 species of vascular plants, of which 31.8% are endemic. 22.9% of Dominican Rep is protected under IUCN categories I-V.

The following contains data relating to forest cover in Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic: Forest Cover, 2010
Total Land Area (1000 square kilometers)4839
Total Forest Area (1000 ha)1972
Percent Forest Cover41
Primary Forest Cover (1000 ha)-
Primary Forest, % total forest-
Other wooded land (1000 ha)436
Percent other wooded land9




Dominican Republic: 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)--


Dominican Republic: Trends in Total (Net) Forest Cover, 1990-2010
TOTAL FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
1972197219721972
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
000


Dominican Republic: Trends in Natural Forest Cover (Deforestation), 1990-2010
FOREST COVER (excluding planted forests) (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
1972197219721972
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
0.00.000.00


Dominican Republic: Trends in Primary or Old Growth Forest Cover, 1990-2010
PRIMARY FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
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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
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Dominican Republic: Trends in Planted Forest Cover, 1990-2010
PLANTED FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
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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
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Dominican Republic: Primary designated function (percent)
ProductionProtection of soil and waterConservation of biodiversitySocial servicesMultiple useOtherNone or unknown
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Dominican Republic: 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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Dominican Republic: Growing stock in forest
GROWING STOCK IN FOREST
Total
(million m3)
Per hectare
(m3)
Coniferous
(million m3)
Broadleaved
(million m3)
% commercial species
12262---
GROWING STOCK IN FOREST
Total (million m3)Per hectare (m3)Coniferous (million m3)Broadleaved (million m3)% commercial species
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Dominican Republic: Trends in carbon stock in living forest biomass 1990-2010
CARBON STOCK IN LIVING FOREST BIOMASS
(million metric tons)
1990200020052010
114114114114
CARBON STOCK IN LIVING FOREST BIOMASS
(per hectare in tons)
2000
58
ANNUAL CHANGE
(1 000 t/yr)
1990200020052010
000
ANNUAL CHANGE PER HECTARE
(t/ha/yr)
1990200020052010
000


Dominican Republic: Area of forest affected by fire and other disturbances 2005
FOREST FIRE
1000 ha% wild fire (not managed burn)
3-


EXCLUDING FOREST FIRE
InsectsDiseasesOther biotic agentsAbiotic factorsTotal (excluding fire)% of 2005 forest area
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Dominican Republic: Trends in removals of wood products 1990-2005
INDUSTRIAL ROUNDWOOD
Total volume (1 000 m3 over bark)
199020002005percent of which from forest 2005
7732-
WOODFUEL
Total volume (1 000 m3 over bark)
199020002005percent of which from forest 2005
639639732-


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


Dominican Republic: Forest policy and legal framework 2008
National forest policy (year): Yes (2001)
Sub-national forest policy: No
National forest program (year) - status: No (-) -
National forest law (year): Incorporated in other law (2000) Sub-national forest law: No

Dominican Republic: Human resources within public forest institutions 2000-2008
200020052008
#% female#% female#% female
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Dominican Republic: 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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Dominican Republic: 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] Dominican Republic: Environment
    Environment - current issueswater shortages; soil eroding into the sea damages coral reefs; deforestation
    Environment - international agreementsparty to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Marine Dumping, Marine Life Conservation, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution
    signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea
    Natural hazardslies in the middle of the hurricane belt and subject to severe storms from June to October; occasional flooding; periodic droughts


    Dominican Republic: Land use / Resources
    Land use (%)arable land: 22.65%
    permanent crops: 10.33%
    other: 67.02% (2001)
    Natural resourcesnickel, bauxite, gold, silver


    Dominican Republic: Economy
    Economy - overview:The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean representative democracy which enjoyed GDP growth of more than 7% in 1998-2000. Growth subsequently plummeted as part of the global economic slowdown. Although the country has long been viewed primarily as an exporter of sugar, coffee, and tobacco, in recent years the service sector has overtaken agriculture as the economy's largest employer, due to growth in tourism and free trade zones. The country suffers from marked income inequality; the poorest half of the population receives less than one-fifth of GNP, while the richest 10% enjoys nearly 40% of national income. Growth turned negative in 2003 with reduced tourism, a major bank fraud, and limited growth in the US economy (the source of about 85% of export revenues), but recovered in 2004 and 2005. Resumption of a badly needed IMF loan, slowed due to government repurchase of electrical power plants, is basic to the restoration of social and economic stability. Newly elected President FERNANDEZ in mid-2004 promised belt-tightening reform. His administration has passed tax reform and arranged a $600 million IMF standby arrangement in March 20005 to ease the country's fiscal situation. Although the economy continues to grow at a respectable rate, inflation and unemployment remain the two biggest challenges.
    GDP - per capita$6,500 (2005 est.)
    GDP - real growth rate (%)4.1% (2005 est.)
    Agriculture - productssugarcane, coffee, cotton, cocoa, tobacco, rice, beans, potatoes, corn, bananas; cattle, pigs, dairy products, beef, eggs
    GDP - composition by sector (%)agriculture: 10.7%, industry: 31.5%, services: 57.8% (2003)
    Industries tourism, sugar processing, ferronickel and gold mining, textiles, cement, tobacco
    Economic aid - recipient$239.6 million (1995)
    Debt - external$7.907 billion (2005 est.)
    Population below poverty line (%)25%
    Labor force - by occupation (%)agriculture 17%, industry 24.3%, services and government 58.7% (1998 est.)


    Dominican Republic: Population / Demographics
    Population (July 2005)8,950,034
    Population growth rate (%) (2005)1.29%
    Population density (people/sq km) (2005)185.0
    Percent rural (2003)40.7%
    Median age (years)total: 23.88 years
    Total fertility rate (children born/woman)2.86 (2005 est.)
    Ethnic groups (%)white 16%, black 11%, mixed 73%


    [an error occurred while processing this directive]--> Dominican Republic: Infrastructure
    Telephones - main lines in use901,800 (2003)
    Telephones - mobile cellular2,120,400 (2003)
    Roadways (km)total: 12,600 km
    paved: 6,224 km
    unpaved: 6,376 km (1999)


    Dominican Republic: Health
    Life expectancy at birth (years)total population: 71.44 years
    male: 69.94 years
    female: 73.03 years (2005 est.)
    Infant mortality rate32.38 deaths/1,000 live births
    HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate (%)1.7% (2003 est.)

    Dominican Republic : 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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