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|Niger Forest Figures
Total forest area: 1,266,000 ha
% of land area: 1%
Primary forest cover: 220,000 ha
% of land area: 0.2%
% total forest area: 17.4%
Deforestation Rates, 2000-2005
Annual change in forest cover: -12,400 ha
Annual deforestation rate: -1.0%
Change in defor. rate since '90s: -70.6%
Total forest loss since 1990: -679,000 ha
Total forest loss since 1990:-34.9%
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 1990:0.0%
Social services: n/a
Multiple purpose: 82.4%
None or unknown: n/a
Forest Area Breakdown
Total area: 1,266,000 ha
Primary: 220,000 ha
Modified natural: 936,000 ha
Production plantation: n/a
Production plantation: 110,000 ha
Plantations, 2005: 110,000 ha
% of total forest cover: 8.7%
Annual change rate (00-05): 7,500,000 ha
Above-ground biomass: 20 M t
Below-ground biomass: 5 M t
Area annually affected by
Number of tree species in IUCN red list
Number of native tree species: 227
Critically endangered: 0
Wood removal 2005
Industrial roundwood: 594,000 m3 o.b.
Wood fuel: 11,879,000 m3 o.b.
Value of forest products, 2005
Industrial roundwood: n/a
Wood fuel: $92,334,000
Non-wood forest products (NWFPs): $5,295,000
Total Value: $97,629,000
More forest statistics for Niger
In Niger, formerly forested lands are plagued with soil loss and desertification. The Sahara desert, which already covers two-thirds of the country, is expanding at a rate of 200,000 hectares annually. In an effort to slow the Saraha's progress, the government planted more than 60 million trees between 1985 and 1997.
As of 2003, about 8 percent of Niger's land area was protected, but poaching and habitat loss are taking a heavy toll on the country's wildlife.
From a biodiversity standpoint, Niger has some 1,460 species of plants, 131 mammals, 493 birds, and 58 reptiles.
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Last updated: 4 Feb 2006