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Honduras Forest Information and Data

According to the U.N. FAO, 46.4% or about 5,192,000 ha of Honduras is forested, according to FAO.

Change in Forest Cover: Between 1990 and 2010, Honduras lost an average of 147,200 ha or 1.81% per year. In total, between 1990 and 2010, Honduras lost 36.2% of its forest cover, or around 2,944,000 ha.

Honduras's forests contain 330 million metric tons of carbon in living forest biomass. Biodiversity and Protected Areas: Hong Kong has some 462 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles according to figures from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Of these, 6.1% are endemic, meaning they exist in no other country, and 5.4% are threatened. 0.0% of Hong Kong is protected under IUCN categories I-V.

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)976
Aboveground forest carbon (Mt C)514426393
Belowground forest carbon (Mt C)150123113
Total forest carbon (Mt C)663549506
Average Carbon Density (t C/ha)727780
M=million, t=metric tons; all figures are mean carbon stock values

Honduras Environmental profile | Honduras pictures

The following contains data relating to forest cover in Honduras

Previous version of this profile (2009)

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Honduras: Forest Cover, 2010
Total Land Area (1000 square kilometers)11189
Total Forest Area (1000 ha)5192
Percent Forest Cover46
Primary Forest Cover (1000 ha)457
Primary Forest, % total forest9
Other wooded land (1000 ha)1475
Percent other wooded land13




Honduras: Breakdown of forest types, 2010
Primary forest (1000 ha | % of forest area)4579
Other naturally regenerated forest (1000 ha | % of forest area)473591
Planted Forest (1000 ha | % of forest area)00


Honduras: Trends in Total (Net) Forest Cover, 1990-2010
TOTAL FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
8136639257925192
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
-174-120-120
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
-2.38-1.95-2.16


Honduras: Trends in Natural Forest Cover (Deforestation), 1990-2010
FOREST COVER (excluding planted forests) (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
8136639257925192
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (1000 ha)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
-174-174-120
ANNUAL CHANGE RATE (percent)
Negative number represents deforestation
1990-20002000-20052005-2010
-2.1-2.14-1.88


Honduras: Trends in Primary or Old Growth Forest Cover, 1990-2010
PRIMARY FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
--457457
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


Honduras: Trends in Planted Forest Cover, 1990-2010
PLANTED FOREST COVER (1000 ha)
1990200020052010
--00
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
---


Honduras: Primary designated function (percent)
ProductionProtection of soil and waterConservation of biodiversitySocial servicesMultiple useOtherNone or unknown
21224413000


Honduras: Forest ownership and management rights 2005 (percent)
OWNERSHIP PATTERN
Public ownershipPrivate ownershipOther
62380


PRIVATE OWNERSHIP
IndividualsBusiness entities and institutionsLocal, indigenous and tribal communities
84016


HOLDER OF MANAGEMENT RIGHTS OF PUBLIC FORESTS
Public administrationIndividualsBusiness entities and InstitutionsCommunitiesOther
1000000
Honduras: Growing stock in forest
GROWING STOCK IN FOREST
Total
(million m3)
Per hectare
(m3)
Coniferous
(million m3)
Broadleaved
(million m3)
% commercial species
629121174456-
GROWING STOCK IN FOREST
Total (million m3)Per hectare (m3)Coniferous (million m3)Broadleaved (million m3)% commercial species
--


Honduras: Trends in carbon stock in living forest biomass 1990-2010
CARBON STOCK IN LIVING FOREST BIOMASS
(million metric tons)
1990200020052010
517407368330
CARBON STOCK IN LIVING FOREST BIOMASS
(per hectare in tons)
2000
64
ANNUAL CHANGE
(1 000 t/yr)
1990200020052010
-11-8-8
ANNUAL CHANGE PER HECTARE
(t/ha/yr)
1990200020052010
n.s.n.s.n.s.


Honduras: Area of forest affected by fire and other disturbances 2005
FOREST FIRE
1000 ha% wild fire (not managed burn)
3395


EXCLUDING FOREST FIRE
InsectsDiseasesOther biotic agentsAbiotic factorsTotal (excluding fire)% of 2005 forest area
5-----


Honduras: Trends in removals of wood products 1990-2005
INDUSTRIAL ROUNDWOOD
Total volume (1 000 m3 over bark)
199020002005percent of which from forest 2005
8879681001-
WOODFUEL
Total volume (1 000 m3 over bark)
199020002005percent of which from forest 2005
9798100089984-


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


Honduras: Employment in forestry 1990-2005
TOTAL
(1000 full-time employees)
199020002005
---
IN PRIMARY PRODUCTION OF GOODS-FORESTRY
(1000 full-time employees)
199020002005
182633
IN MANAGEMENT OF PROTECTED AREAS-CONSERVATION
(1000 full-time employees)
199020002005
---


Honduras: Forest policy and legal framework 2008
National forest policy (year): Yes (1971)
Sub-national forest policy: No
National forest program (year) - status: Yes (2004) In implementation
National forest law (year): Specific forest law (-) Sub-national forest law: No

Honduras: Human resources within public forest institutions 2000-2008
200020052008
#% female#% female#% female
----20644


Honduras: 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
4428613488-25204-38692-


Honduras: 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] Honduras: Environment
    Environment - current issuesurban population expanding; deforestation results from logging and the clearing of land for agricultural purposes; further land degradation and soil erosion hastened by uncontrolled development and improper land use practices such as farming of marginal lands; mining activities polluting Lago de Yojoa (the country's largest source of fresh water), as well as several rivers and streams, with heavy metals
    Environment - international agreementsparty to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands
    signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
    Natural hazardsfrequent, but generally mild, earthquakes; extremely susceptible to damaging hurricanes and floods along the Caribbean coast


    Honduras: Land use / Resources
    Land use (%)arable land: 9.55%
    permanent crops: 3.22%
    other: 87.23% (2001)
    Natural resourcestimber, gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, iron ore, antimony, coal, fish, hydropower


    Honduras: Economy
    Economy - overview:Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere with an extraordinarily unequal distribution of income and massive unemployment, is banking on expanded trade under the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) and on debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative. The country has met most of its macroeconomic targets, and began a three-year IMF Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PGRF) program in February 2004. Growth remains dependent on the economy of the US, its largest trading partner, on commodity prices, particularly coffee, and on reduction of the high crime rate.
    GDP - per capita$2,900 (2005 est.)
    GDP - real growth rate (%)4% (2005 est.)
    Agriculture - productsbananas, coffee, citrus; beef; timber; shrimp
    GDP - composition by sector (%)agriculture: 12.7%, industry: 31.2%, services: 56.1% (2005 est.)
    Industries sugar, coffee, textiles, clothing, wood products
    Economic aid - recipient$557.8 million (1999)
    Debt - external$4.675 billion (2005 est.)
    Population below poverty line (%)53% (1993 est.)
    Labor force - by occupation (%)agriculture 34%, industry 21%, services 45% (2001 est.)


    Honduras: Population / Demographics
    Population (July 2005)6,975,204
    Population growth rate (%) (2005)2.16%
    Population density (people/sq km) (2005)62.3
    Percent rural (2003)54.4%
    Median age (years)total: 19.15 years
    Total fertility rate (children born/woman)3.87 (2005 est.)
    Ethnic groups (%)mestizo (mixed Amerindian and European) 90%, Amerindian 7%, black 2%, white 1%


    Largest Cities in Honduras

    Cities and urban areas in Honduras with population over 100,000 All figures are estimates for 2002.

    CityCountryCity PopulationUrban Area Population
    TegucigalpaHonduras11864001371300
    San Pedro SulaHonduras486800633400
    La CeibaHonduras112700112700
    El ProgresoHonduras111300111300


    Honduras: Infrastructure
    Telephones - main lines in use322,500 (2002)
    Telephones - mobile cellular326,500 (2002)
    Roadways (km)total: 13,603 km
    paved: 2,775 km
    unpaved: 10,828 km (1999)


    Honduras: Health
    Life expectancy at birth (years)total population: 69.3 years
    male: 67.71 years
    female: 70.97 years (2005 est.)
    Infant mortality rate29.32 deaths/1,000 live births
    HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate (%)1.8% (2003 est.)

    Honduras : 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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