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The following contains data relating to forest cover in Virgin Islands

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[an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive] Virgin Islands: Environment
Environment - current issueslack of natural freshwater resources
Environment - international agreementsseveral hurricanes in recent years; frequent and severe droughts and floods; occasional earthquakes

Virgin Islands: Land use / Resources
Land use (%)arable land: 11.76%
permanent crops: 2.94%
other: 85.3% (2001)
Natural resourcessun, sand, sea, surf

Virgin Islands: Economy
Economy - overview:Tourism is the primary economic activity, accounting for 80% of GDP and employment. The islands normally host 2 million visitors a year. The manufacturing sector consists of petroleum refining, textiles, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and watch assembly. The agricultural sector is small, with most food being imported. International business and financial services are a small but growing component of the economy. One of the world's largest petroleum refineries is at Saint Croix. The islands are subject to substantial damage from storms. The government is working to improve fiscal discipline, to support construction projects in the private sector, to expand tourist facilities, to reduce crime, and to protect the environment.
GDP - per capita$17,200 (2002 est.)
GDP - real growth rate (%)2% (2002 est.)
Agriculture - productsfruit, vegetables, sorghum; Senepol cattle
GDP - composition by sector (%)agriculture: 1%, industry: 19%, services: 80% (2003 est.)
Industries tourism, petroleum refining, watch assembly, rum distilling, construction, pharmaceuticals, textiles, electronics
Economic aid - recipientNA
Debt - externalNA
Population below poverty line (%)NA
Labor force - by occupation (%)agriculture 1%, industry 19%, services 80% (2003 est.)

Virgin Islands: Population / Demographics
Population (July 2005)108,708
Population growth rate (%) (2005)-0.07%
Population density (people/sq km) (2005)311.5
Median age (years)total: 36.52 years
Total fertility rate (children born/woman)2.19 (2005 est.)
Ethnic groups (%)black 76.2%, white 13.1%, Asian 1.1%, other 6.1%, mixed 3.5% (2000 census)

[an error occurred while processing this directive]--> Virgin Islands: Infrastructure
Telephones - main lines in use69,400 (2002)
Telephones - mobile cellular41,000 (2002)
Roadways (km)total: 1,257 km
paved: 1,192 km
unpaved: 65 km
note: the only US possession where driving on the left side of the road is practiced (2003)

Virgin Islands: Health
Life expectancy at birth (years)total population: 78.91 years
male: 75.08 years
female: 82.96 years (2005 est.)
Infant mortality rate8.03 deaths/1,000 live births
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate (%)NA

Virgin Islands : 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
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