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Tropical deforestation tables

Forest cover statistics for 62 countries that have some type of wet tropical forest. All countries, including temperate and arid regions.

Sorted alphabetically. To sort by other columns, click on the appropriate header column.

RegionTotal landTotal forest coverPrimary forest cover
AreaArea, 2005Area, 2005Annual change
1990-2005
Total change
1990-2005
Annual Change
1990-2000
Annual Change
2000-2005
Area, 2005Area, 2005Annual change
1990-2005
Total change
1990-2005
Annual Change
1990-2000
Annual Change
2000-2005
Country(1000 ha)(1000 ha)%ha%%%(1000 ha)%ha%%%
Angola124,67059,10447.4-124800-3.1-0.20-0.2100.0n/an/a-0.12-0.07
Belize2,2961,65372.5n/an/an/an/a61226.7n/a0.0-2.9n/a
Benin11,2622,35121.3-64733-29.2-1.95-2.42-n/an/an/an/an/a
Bolivia109,85858,74054.2-270333-6.5-0.43-0.4529,36026.7-135200-6.5-0.59-0.80
Brazil851,488477,69857.2-2821933-8.1-0.52-0.63415,89048.8-2974867-9.7-0.09-0.11
Brunei57727852.8-2333-11.2-0.80-0.6927848.2-2333-11.2-4.05-5.88
Burkina Faso27,4006,79429.0-24000-5.0-0.34-0.3500.0n/an/a-0.62-0.61
Burundi2,7831525.9-9133-47.4-3.15-4.6500.0n/an/an/an/a
Cambodia18,10410,44759.2-166600-19.3-1.09-1.903221.8-29600-58.0-2.06-2.59
Cameroon47,54421,24545.6-220000-13.4-0.90-0.98-n/an/an/an/an/a
Central African Republic62,29822,75536.5-29867-1.9-0.13-0.13-n/an/an/an/an/a
Chad128,40011,9219.5-79267-9.1-0.60-0.641900.1-1267-9.1n/an/a
Colombia113,89160,72858.5-47400-1.2-0.08-0.0853,06246.6-52800-1.5-0.19-0.15
Congo34,20022,47165.8-17000-1.1-0.07-0.087,46421.8-5600-1.1-5.27-11.14
Costa Rica5,1102,39146.8-11533-6.7-0.730.131803.5n/a-29.4n/an/a
Côte d'Ivoire32,24610,40532.7122001.80.100.156251.9n/a0.0n/an/a
D.R. Congo234,486133,61058.9-461400-4.9-0.38-0.24-n/an/an/an/an/a
Dominica754661.3-267-8.0-0.60-0.432736.0n/a-3.6n/an/a
Dominican Republic4,8731,37628.4n/an/an/an/a-n/an/an/an/an/a
Ecuador28,35610,85339.2-197600-21.5-1.43-1.674,79416.9n/a0.0n/an/a
El Salvador2,10429814.4-5133-20.5-1.36-1.6060.3n/a0.0n/an/a
Equatorial Guinea2,8051,63258.2-15200-12.3-0.82-0.89-n/an/an/an/an/a
Fiji1,8271,00054.714002.10.210.0089448.9n/a-0.1n/an/a
French Guiana9,0008,06391.8-1867-0.3-0.030.007,70185.6-13867-2.6-0.11-0.36
Gabon26,76721,77584.5-10133-0.7-0.05-0.05-n/an/an/an/an/a
Gambia1,13047141.719336.60.430.43-n/an/an/an/an/a
Ghana23,8545,51724.2-128733-25.9-1.82-1.893531.5n/a0.0n/an/a
Guatemala10,8893,93836.3-54000-17.1-1.14-1.281,95718.0-26800-17.0-1.26-1.33
Guinea24,5866,72427.4-45600-9.2-0.68-0.52630.3n/a0.0n/an/a
Guinea-Bissau3,6122,07273.7-9600-6.5-0.43-0.4594026.0n/a0.0n/an/a
Guyana21,49715,10476.7n/an/an/an/a9,31443.3n/an/an/an/a
Honduras11,2094,64841.5-182467-37.1-2.65-2.881,51213.5n/a0.0n/an/a
India328,72667,70122.82508005.90.570.04-n/an/an/an/an/a
Indonesia190,45788,49548.8-1871467-24.1-1.61-1.9148,70225.6-1447800-30.8-2.33-3.05
Kenya58,0373,5226.2-12400-5.0-0.34-0.347041.2-2533-5.1-2.30-2.98
Laos23,68016,14269.9-78133-6.8-0.45-0.471,4906.3n/a0.0n/an/a
Liberia11,1373,15432.7-60267-22.3-1.49-1.741291.2n/a0.0n/an/a
Madagascar58,70412,83822.1-56933-6.2-0.49-0.2810,34717.6-10400-1.5-0.07-0.07
Malawi11,8483,40236.2-32933-12.7-0.84-0.931,1329.6-39667-34.5n/an/a
Malaysia32,97520,89063.6-99067-6.6-0.35-0.653,82011.6n/a0.0n/an/a
Mexico195,82064,23833.7-318533-6.9-0.50-0.4032,85016.8n/a-15.30.0n/a
Myanmar67,65832,22249-466467-17.8-1.19-1.35-n/an/an/an/an/a
Nicaragua13,0005,18942.7-89933-20.6-1.53-1.261,84914.2n/a0.0-1.0-1.1
Nigeria92,37711,08912.2-409667-35.7-2.38-3.123260.4-82000-79.0-0.60-0.67
Panama7,5524,29457.7-5467-1.9-0.16-0.063,02340.0-45533-18.4-0.94-0.95
Papua New Guinea46,28429,43765-139067-6.6-0.44-0.4625,21154.5-266600-13.7-0.43-0.45
Peru128,52268,74253.7-94267-2.0-0.13-0.1461,06547.5-123000-2.9-0.35-0.34
Philippines30,0007,16224-227467-32.3-2.48-1.988292.8n/a0.0n/an/a
Rwanda2,63448019.51080050.90.827.9100.0n/an/an/an/a
Senegal19,6728,67345-45000-7.2-0.48-0.511,5988.1-10733-9.2-0.80-0.69
Sierra Leone7,1742,75438.5-19333-9.5-0.63-0.68-n/an/an/an/an/a
Solomon Islands2,8902,17277.6-39733-21.5-1.43-1.68-n/an/an/an/an/a
Sri Lanka6,5611,93329.9-27800-17.7-1.14-1.431672.5-6000-35.0-5.13-10.91
Suriname16,32714,77694.7n/an/an/an/a14,21487.1n/a0.0n/an/a
Tanzania94,50935,25739.9-412267-14.9-0.99-1.10-n/an/an/an/an/a
Thailand51,31214,52028.4-96333-9.1-0.72-0.406,45112.6n/a0.0n/a-0.7
Togo5,6793867.1-19933-43.6-2.91-4.1200.0n/an/an/an/a
Uganda24,1043,62718.4-86467-26.3-1.76-2.13-n/an/an/an/an/a
Venezuela91,20547,71354.1-287533-8.3-0.55-0.59-n/an/an/a
Viet Nam33,16912,93139.723786738.12.522.06850.3-19933-77.9-1.14-1.28
Zambia75,26142,45257.1-444800-13.6-0.91-1.00-n/an/an/an/an/a
Zimbabwe39,07517,54045.3-312933-21.1-1.41-1.64-n/an/an/an/an/a
Total3,745,5461,629,99143.5-10240133-8.3-0.57-0.62


These figures are derived from data provided in "Forest Resources Assessment 2005" by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

A negative number for "Annual change" and/or "total change" reflects deforestation. A positive number in these columns suggests that forest is regrowing or, more likely, plantations are being established. "n/a" means data is not available, "n.s." means "not significant" (i.e. near 0).

More detailed figures for specific countries can be found at Country by Country Deforestation Rates.

Data can be sorted by clicking on the header title.

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