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Tropical primary forest loss, 2000-2005



Statistics from 17 tropical countries for which the United Nations has somewhat reliable figures for primary forest cover. Total deforestation statistics typically fail to distinguish between general deforestation, reforestation through plantations, and the loss of biologically important primary forests (also called old-growth forests). Looking at primary forest loss figures for these countries reveals an alarming increase in deforestation of these endangered ecosystems.




Since the close of the 1990s, rates of primary forest loss have increased in the tropics. Between 2000 and 2005, deforestation rates of primary forest rose 25.6% (from 0.67% per year to 0.84% annually) for these 17 countries in the table below.

Set 1 (17 countries)Set 2 (62 countries)
Annual deforestation rate
1990-2000
0.67%0.66%
Annual deforestation rate
2000-2005
0.84%0.81%
Change in deforestation rate25.6%23.7%
Area of annual deforestation
1990-2000

4.97 million hectares

5.41 million hectares
Area of annual deforestation
2000-2005

5.82 million hectares

6.26 million hectares
Data integrityacceptablepoor


Primary forest cover. Sorted alphabetically. You can sort by other criteria by clicking on column header links.

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
Rate of Change
1990-2000
vs
2000-2005
Country(1000 ha)(1000 ha)%ha%%%(1000 ha)%ha%%%%
Bolivia109,85858,74054.2-270333-6.5-0.43-0.4529,36026.7-135200-6.5-0.43-0.454.50
Brazil851,488477,69857.2-2821933-8.1-0.52-0.63415,89048.8-2974867-9.7-0.59-0.8034.99
Brunei57727852.8-2333-11.2-0.80-0.6927848.2-2333-11.2-0.80-0.69-13.06
Cambodia18,10410,44759.2-166600-19.3-1.09-1.903221.8-29600-58.0-4.05-5.8845.22
Colombia113,89160,72858.5-47400-1.2-0.08-0.0853,06246.6-52800-1.5-0.09-0.1111.03
Congo34,20022,47165.8-17000-1.1-0.07-0.087,46421.8-5600-1.1-0.07-0.070.75
French Guiana9,0008,06391.8-1867-0.3-0.030.007,70185.6-13867-2.6-0.19-0.15-17.37
Guatemala10,8893,93836.3-54000-17.1-1.14-1.281,95718.0-26800-17.0-1.14-1.2812.82
Indonesia190,45788,49548.8-1871467-24.1-1.61-1.9148,70225.6-1447800-30.8-2.06-2.5925.88
Madagascar58,70412,83822.1-56933-6.2-0.49-0.2810,34717.6-10400-1.5-0.12-0.07-43.61
Nigeria92,37711,08912.2-409667-35.7-2.38-3.123260.4-82000-79.0-5.27-11.14111.41
Panama7,5524,29457.7-5467-1.9-0.16-0.063,02340.0-45533-18.4-1.26-1.335.84
Papua New Guinea46,28429,43765-139067-6.6-0.44-0.4625,21154.5-266600-13.7-0.94-0.950.50
Peru128,52268,74253.7-94267-2.0-0.13-0.1461,06547.5-123000-2.9-0.11-0.36214.69
Senegal19,6728,67345-45000-7.2-0.48-0.511,5988.1-10733-9.2-0.60-0.6710.43
Sri Lanka6,5611,93329.9-27800-17.7-1.14-1.431672.5-6000-35.0-2.33-3.0530.46
Viet Nam33,16912,93139.723786738.12.522.06850.3-19933-77.9-5.13-10.91112.64
Total1,731,305880,79543.5-5793267-8.3-0.57-0.6266655838.5-5253067-10.6-0.67-0.8425.6

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.

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




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