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French Polynesia Forest Information and Data

According to the U.N. FAO, 42.3% or about 155,000 ha of French Polynesia is forested, according to FAO. Of this 25.8% ( 40,000 ) is classified as primary forest, the most biodiverse and carbon-dense form of forest. French Polynesia had 10,000 ha of planted forest. French Polynesia's forests contain 21 million metric tons of carbon in living forest biomass. Biodiversity and Protected Areas: French Polynesia has some 116 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles according to figures from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Of these, 36.2% are endemic, meaning they exist in no other country, and 31.9% are threatened. French Polynesia is home to at least 959 species of vascular plants, of which 58.4% are endemic. 1.3% of French Polynesia is protected under IUCN categories I-V.

The following contains data relating to forest cover in French Polynesia

Previous version of this profile (2009)

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French Polynesia: Forest Cover, 2010
Total Land Area (1000 square kilometers)366
Total Forest Area (1000 ha)155
Percent Forest Cover42
Primary Forest Cover (1000 ha)40
Primary Forest, % total forest26
Other wooded land (1000 ha)0
Percent other wooded land0




French Polynesia: Breakdown of forest types, 2010
Primary forest (1000 ha | % of forest area)4026
Other naturally regenerated forest (1000 ha | % of forest area)10568
Planted Forest (1000 ha | % of forest area)106


French Polynesia: Trends in Total (Net) Forest Cover, 1990-2010
TOTAL FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
55b105130155
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
555
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
6.684.363.58


French Polynesia: Trends in Natural Forest Cover (Deforestation), 1990-2010
FOREST COVER (excluding planted forests) (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
96121145
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
105
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
5.1


French Polynesia: Trends in Primary or Old Growth Forest Cover, 1990-2010
PRIMARY FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
--4040
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
--0
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
--0


French Polynesia: Trends in Planted Forest Cover, 1990-2010
PLANTED FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
-9910
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
-0n.s.
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
-02.13


French Polynesia: Primary designated function (percent)
ProductionProtection of soil and waterConservation of biodiversitySocial servicesMultiple useOtherNone or unknown
42500090


French Polynesia: Forest ownership and management rights 2005 (percent)
OWNERSHIP PATTERN
Public ownershipPrivate ownershipOther
15850


PRIVATE OWNERSHIP
IndividualsBusiness entities and institutionsLocal, indigenous and tribal communities
000


HOLDER OF MANAGEMENT RIGHTS OF PUBLIC FORESTS
Public administrationIndividualsBusiness entities and InstitutionsCommunitiesOther
1000000
French Polynesia: 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
--


French Polynesia: Trends in carbon stock in living forest biomass 1990-2010
CARBON STOCK IN LIVING FOREST BIOMASS
(million metric tons)
1990200020052010
---21
CARBON STOCK IN LIVING FOREST BIOMASS
(per hectare in tons)
2000
132
ANNUAL CHANGE
(1 000 t/yr)
1990200020052010
---
ANNUAL CHANGE PER HECTARE
(t/ha/yr)
1990200020052010
---


French Polynesia: 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
------


French Polynesia: Trends in removals of wood products 1990-2005
INDUSTRIAL ROUNDWOOD
Total volume (1 000 m3 over bark)
199020002005percent of which from forest 2005
--1100
WOODFUEL
Total volume (1 000 m3 over bark)
199020002005percent of which from forest 2005
----


French Polynesia: Value of wood and NWFP removals 2005
Value of removals
(million US$)
Value per ha forest
(US$)
Industrial roundwoodWoodfuelNWFPTotal
n.s.----


French Polynesia: 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
---


French Polynesia: Forest policy and legal framework 2008
National forest policy (year): No (-)
Sub-national forest policy: No
National forest program (year) - status: No (-) -
National forest law (year): Specific forest law (1958) Sub-national forest law: No

French Polynesia: Human resources within public forest institutions 2000-2008
200020052008
#% female#% female#% female
--652560


French Polynesia: 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
165---5-


French Polynesia: 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] French Polynesia: Environment
    Environment - current issuesNA
    Environment - international agreementsoccasional cyclonic storms in January


    French Polynesia: Land use / Resources
    Land use (%)arable land: 0.82%
    permanent crops: 5.46%
    other: 93.72% (2001)
    Natural resourcestimber, fish, cobalt, hydropower


    French Polynesia: Economy
    Economy - overview:Since 1962, when France stationed military personnel in the region, French Polynesia has changed from a subsistence agricultural economy to one in which a high proportion of the work force is either employed by the military or supports the tourist industry. With the halt of French nuclear testing in 1996, the military contribution to the economy fell sharply. Tourism accounts for about one-fourth of GDP and is a primary source of hard currency earnings. Other sources of income are pearl farming and deep-sea commercial fishing. The small manufacturing sector primarily processes agricultural products. The territory benefits substantially from development agreements with France aimed principally at creating new businesses and strengthening social services.
    GDP - per capita$17,500 (2003 est.)
    GDP - real growth rate (%)NA% (2001 est.)
    Agriculture - productscoconuts, vanilla, vegetables, fruits; poultry, beef, dairy products, coffee
    GDP - composition by sector (%)agriculture: 6%, industry: 18%, services: 76% (2002)
    Industries tourism, pearls, agricultural processing, handicrafts, phosphates
    Economic aid - recipient$367 million (1997)
    Debt - externalNA
    Population below poverty line (%)NA
    Labor force - by occupation (%)agriculture 13%, industry 19%, services 68% (2002)


    French Polynesia: Population / Demographics
    Population (July 2005)270,485
    Population growth rate (%) (2005)1.52%
    Population density (people/sq km) (2005)73.9
    Percent rural (2003)47.9%
    Median age (years)total: 27.48 years
    Total fertility rate (children born/woman)2.04 (2005 est.)
    Ethnic groups (%)Polynesian 78%, Chinese 12%, local French 6%, metropolitan French 4%


    [an error occurred while processing this directive]--> French Polynesia: Infrastructure
    Telephones - main lines in use52,500 (2002)
    Telephones - mobile cellular90,000 (2002)
    Roadways (km)total: 2,590 km
    paved: 1,735 km
    unpaved: 855 km (1999)


    French Polynesia: Health
    Life expectancy at birth (years)total population: 75.9 years
    male: 73.5 years
    female: 78.42 years (2005 est.)
    Infant mortality rate8.44 deaths/1,000 live births
    HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate (%)NA%

    French Polynesia : 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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