Forest CoverTotal forest area: 267,000 ha % of land area: 0.3%
Primary forest cover: n/a % of land area: n/a % total forest area: n/a
Deforestation Rates, 2000-2005Annual change in forest cover: -10,000 ha Annual deforestation rate: -3.4% Change in defor. rate since '90s: 33.6% Total forest loss since 1990: -148,000 ha Total forest loss since 1990:-35.7%
Primary or "Old-growth" forests Annual loss of primary forests: n/a Annual deforestation rate: n/a Change in deforestation rate since '90s: n/a Primary forest loss since 1990: n/a Primary forest loss since 1990:n/a
Forest ClassificationPublic: 97.5% Private: 2.5% Other: 0% Use Production: n/a Protection: n/a Conservation: n/a Social services: n/a Multiple purpose: n/a None or unknown: 100
Forest Area BreakdownTotal area: 267,000 ha Primary: n/a Modified natural: n/a Semi-natural: n/a Production plantation: n/a Production plantation: n/a
PlantationsPlantations, 2005: n/a % of total forest cover: n/a Annual change rate (00-05): n/a
Carbon storageAbove-ground biomass: 10 M t Below-ground biomass: 3 M t
Area annually affected byFire: n/a Insects: n/a Diseases: n/a
Number of tree species in IUCN red listNumber of native tree species: 52 Critically endangered: 0 Endangered: 0 Vulnerable: 0
There is no rainforest in Mauritania and very little tropical forest.
Environmental degradation is a serious problem in Mauritania. The leading causes of deforestation are subsistence
agriculture, clearing for livestock grazing, and iron-ore mining. Forest clearing has resulted in soil erosion
and further desertification and extended drought. Plagued by a large foreign debt it seems increasingly likely that Mauritania's forests will be used as a source of income.
0.2 percent of Mauritania is under some form of protection.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated from mongabay.com operations (server, data transfer, travel) are mitigated through an association with Anthrotect,
an organization working with Afro-indigenous and Embera communities to protect forests in Colombia's Darien region. Anthrotect is protecting the habitat of mongabay's mascot: the scale-crested pygmy tyrant.
"Rainforest" is used interchangeably with "rain forest" on this site. "Jungle" is generally not used.