Deforestation statistics for Colombia

Total land area: Colombia

Total land areaha
Land area113,919,807
Tree cover in 201879,730,626

 

Forest and tree cover extent: Colombia

Extent of primary forest cover and tree cover for Colombia. All area figures are in hectares (ha)
YearPrimary forestTree cover (30%)
200081,961,213
200154,763,594
201054,157,86981,899,703
201853,380,80279,730,626
Primary/Total tree cover
2018
67%
Tree cover/Total land area
2018
70.0%

 

Primary forest loss and tree cover loss: Colombia

Annual loss of primary forest cover and tree cover for Colombia by year. All area figures are in hectares (ha)
YearPrimary forestTree cover (30%)
2001230,619
200263,302182,610
200332,050122,692
200481,695254,405
200558,906254,405
200656,051190,412
200795,539269,551
200883,619232,356
200965,824238,474
201068,739197,497
201172,601190,267
201269,587228,234
201357,713139,149
201480,036202,420
201549,643141,139
2016108,566291,536
2017161,945425,780
2018176,977353,055
Primary loss 2002-20181,382,792
Tree cover loss
2001-2018
3,913,982
Primary loss/
Total tree cover loss
35.3%
Percent loss
2001-2018
2.5%
Loss/year
(2001/2-2010)
67,302.72 217,302
Loss/year
(2011-2018)
97,133.42 246,448

 

Biodiversity data: Colombia

Species count by taxa for Colombia. For consistency, all data for a given group comes from a single source. Amphibians - amphibiaweb; Reptiles - reptile-database; Fish - fishbase; Birds - birdlife; Mammals - IUCN; and Plants - World Conservation Monitoring Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-WCMC).
Animal / plant groupSpecies count
Birds1878
Amphibians771
Reptiles601
Fishes2053
Mammals442
Vascular plants51220

 

Conservation data: Colombia

Data on threatened species in Colombia as of 2018, according to the IUCN Red List.
TaxaSpecies count
Threatened mammals (2018)58
Threatened birds (2018)126
Threatened fishes (2018)99
Threatened higher plants (2018)268

 

Protected areas data: Colombia

Data on threatened species in Colombia as of 2017, according to the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) maintained by the United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).
Protected areas (2017)Percentage
Terrestrial protected areas,
% of total land area
14.8
Marine protected areas,
% of territorial waters

 

Tree cover loss data for Colombia

"Tree cover threshold" is used for defining the tree cover area. For example, 75% includes only areas with more than 75% tree cover, whereas 10% includes all areas with more than 10% tree cover. 75% tree cover reflects a dense canopy.

Tree cover
threshold
(%)
Total
area (ha)
Tree cover
Extent
in 2000 (ha)
%
land
area
Tree cover
Extent
in 2010 (ha)
%
land
area
Tree cover
Extent
in 2018 (ha)
%
land
area
Tree cover
loss 2001-2018
(ha)
% tree
cover loss
since 2000
Avg tree cover
loss/year
(ha)
Avg loss/year
2001-2010
(ha)
Avg loss/year
2011-2018
(ha)
101139198078467151274.30%8450453674.20%8250195172.40%41238384.90%229102212125250323
151139198078380763073.60%8382370473.60%8182942871.80%41130184.90%228501211874249285
201139198078308787672.90%8341075973.20%8142442371.50%41013584.90%227853211502248292
251139198078263206472.50%8274640572.60%8076584570.90%40926095.00%227367211205247570
301139198078196121371.90%8189970371.90%7992812370.20%40793545.00%226631210777246448
501139198077846319768.90%7701882667.60%7509911965.90%39780555.10%221003205835239963
751139198077231727663.50%7158952462.80%6980921461.30%36687065.10%203817188840222539

 

Biomass and land use carbon emissions data for Colombia

"Tree cover threshold" is used for defining the tree cover area. For example, 75% includes only areas with more than 75% tree cover, whereas 10% includes all areas with more than 10% tree cover. 75% tree cover reflects a dense canopy.

Tree cover
threshold
(%)
Total
area (ha)
Tree cover
Extent
in 2000 (ha)
Tree cover
Extent
in 2010 (ha)
Carbon
biomass
(Mt)
Biomass
loss 2001-18
(Mt)
Avg biomass
loss/year
(Mt)
Carbon
emissions
2001-18 (Mt)
Avg carbon
emissions/year
(Mt)
1011391980784671512845045363624459955487588197548660110160578358889210199
1511391980783807630838237043611653189587506224048614569160428076589126709
2011391980783087876834107593601064937387417263448565146160264972389036096
2511391980782632064827464053594364326187350786548528215160143098788968388
3011391980781961213818997033584395174387247940048471078159954539988863633
5011391980778463197770188263526525304686407189448003994158413170288007317
7511391980772317276715895243386942183083116211646175673152379723484655402

 

Tree cover data for subnational administrative areas in Colombia

"This data is based on a definition of 30% tree cover. Areas with less than 30% canopy cover are excluded.

Administrative areaTotal
area (ha)
Tree cover
Extent
in 2000 (ha)
Tree cover
Extent
in 2010 (ha)
Tree cover
Extent
in 2018 (ha)
% cover
in 2018
Loss
2001-2018
(ha)
% loss
since 2000
Avg loss/year
since 2000
(ha)
Loss 2001-2010
(ha)
loss
between
2000-2010
Avg loss/year 2001-2010
(ha)
Loss 2011-2018
(ha)
loss
between
2011-2018
Avg loss/year 2011-2018
(ha)
Amazonas1075693010610455106094361059268398%281370%1,563113840%1,138167530%2,094
Antioquia633812251470935102269488789377%4708819%26,1602565055%25,6512143764%26,797
Arauca253734785226092468888008235%802219%4,457356154%3,562446065%5,576
Atlántico44376888847972179256721%1151613%64068668%68746505%581
Bolívar261157617752591749663162807962%20077711%11,154791934%7,9191215847%15,198
Boyacá235011512564921329155131716056%324423%1,802204472%2,045119951%1,499
Caldas75891159918159373957368476%401297%2,229200743%2,007200553%2,507
Caquetá902474580566847908861759185584%6037177%33,5402867114%28,6713170064%39,626
Casanare446980310112151075278104005523%838438%4,658486205%4,862352233%4,403
Cauca292484523746572400167235858581%915224%5,085499402%4,994415822%5,198
Cesar229810511489801074213102420845%11316610%6,287631615%6,316500055%6,251
Chocó453189043814574380610432751395%900302%5,002369331%3,693530971%6,637
Cundinamarca245792014080081460596144324759%597404%3,319423913%4,239173491%2,169
Córdoba24982549942881083382104237342%10378410%5,766627756%6,278410094%5,126
Guainía689001667257476732662671679997%293190%1,629134560%1,346158630%1,983
Guaviare556814153264255274367511630492%2913025%16,1831332393%13,3241580633%19,758
Huila203741714479191422811139652269%632314%3,513369423%3,694262892%3,286
La Guajira210539370082763407960903229%657869%3,655407396%4,074250474%3,131
Magdalena216033687532586723081722138%10626412%5,904562556%5,626500096%6,251
Meta854402843463764304323408757648%47463511%26,3692578886%25,7892167475%27,093
Nariño320280826951322723657268734484%1036124%5,756672992%6,730363131%4,539
Norte de Santander228865917803431782408167506373%17878710%9,933714424%7,1441073456%13,418
Putumayo243783023075462315538218539790%22296610%12,387928254%9,2831301416%16,268
Quindío17420513410413130212610572%118159%65666185%66251974%650
Risaralda40568134580133842432967281%173715%96586192%86287523%1,094
San Andrés y Providencia536336923690368669%391%2351%440%1
Santander304117020595712002495193343164%20359210%11,3111345287%13,453690643%8,633
Sucre108495741708642331640190737%378739%2,104164644%1,646214095%2,676
Tolima234957414605551480592145177862%749035%4,161460893%4,609288142%3,602
Valle del Cauca220865716276481616892159789772%509173%2,829319222%3,192189951%2,374
Vaupés533017852717085279471525611499%459201%2,551225630%2,256233570%2,920
Vichada1008306347305324777172473629147%911172%5,062502361%5,024408811%5,110

 

Carbon dioxide emissions data for subnational administrative areas in Colombia

"This data is based on a definition of 30% tree cover. Areas with less than 30% canopy cover are excluded.

Administrative areaTotal
area (ha)
Tree cover
Extent
in 2000 (ha)
Tree cover
Extent
in 2010 (ha)
Carbon
biomass
(Mt)
Carbon
emissions
2001-18 (Mt)
Avg carbon
emissions/year
2001-18 (Mt)
Avg carbon
emissions/year
2001-10 (Mt)
Avg carbon
emissions/year
2011-18 (Mt)
Amazonas1075693010610455106094366233051800152930768496156314791122286
Antioquia6338122514709351022691885008237187418346104121301039309410435926
Arauca253734785226092468824408095224334937135194111236581637294
Atlántico4437688884797217185311762438528135474147531120402
Bolívar26115761775259174966356180306262987487349930526063364615516
Boyacá23501151256492132915540415603311391712632873725686516857
Caldas75891159918159373920229256715036322835351789743892362
Caquetá9024745805668479088613904816258283236230157353461312932518992872
Casanare44698031011215107527828046441122636260125757013510711140694
Cauca29248452374657240016791164246136720363204002020638482010235
Cesar22981051148980107421331373376429831447165730316449901672694
Chocó453189043814574380610201085109136140186200778815873152533380
Cundinamarca2457920140800814605964342223551874788310415491335040674685
Córdoba2498254994288108338234569037033874872188193720229681705649
Guainía689001667257476732662307173225412888755716042608401850594
Guaviare5568141532642552743672570645772126094683700526057705128548696
Huila20374171447919142281146572395020710099115056112424521035698
La Guajira2105393700827634079194312350173115579617531059755839252
Magdalena216033687532586723024620152725521998141788912836471585691
Meta8544028434637643043231632843412188442337104690191007000810967783
Nariño320280826951322723657115377431246444670258025930827261952176
Norte de Santander22886591780343178240863574942367517052375094727028165061112
Putumayo2437830230754623155381226232061119516795663982252001698439388
Quindío174205134104131302449499694443319246851257409233654
Risaralda4056813458013384241322992256557947364330340864393664
San Andrés y Providencia53633692369000000
Santander30411702059571200249565669961969809877387832746933982859487
Sucre1084957417086423316799162368784577488032387402613820
Tolima23495741460555148059247364615026386927146594016648541217299
Valle del Cauca220865716276481616892616140255173651659647311105713788504
Vaupés533017852717085279471293311109524698671137214812337171545188
Vichada1008306347305324777172195962959636963321205351820894962008545

 

Biomass data for subnational administrative areas in Colombia

This data is based on a definition of 30% tree cover. Areas with less than 30% canopy cover are excluded.

Administrative areaTotal
area (ha)
Tree cover
Extent
in 2000 (ha)
Tree cover
Extent
in 2010 (ha)
Carbon
biomass
(Mt)
Avg biomass
per ha
(Mt)
Carbon
emissions
2001-18 (Mt)
Avg annual
emissions
2001-18 (Mt)
Avg annual
emissions
2001-10 (Mt)
Avg annual
emissions
2011-18 (Mt)
Amazonas10756930106104551060943633998464353208341681463427344443612156
Antioquia6338122514709351022691028186319200102228214567934556689625692324
Arauca253734785226092468813313506515613273605737423612905893070
Atlántico4437688884797217101079161141330106738958047165674
Bolívar26115761775259174966330643803117334356822190871214216392517554
Boyacá2350115125649213291552204487431756213670345204395829281922
Caldas7589115991815937391103413981848201636455646430769486743
Caquetá90247458056684790886121298997772641544924918582916716145010359749
Casanare44698031011215107527815298058715112347051685947736948622197
Cauca29248452374657240016749725952420920029290111273811257351096492
Cesar22981051148980107421317112750814916271705903984897268912379
Chocó45318904381457438061010968278702501971283010951578658081381844
Cundinamarca24579201408008146059623684855716810226124568118728205368010
Córdoba249825499428810833821885583861901847720510265111103437930354
Guainía68900166725747673266216754903192497030222390568331855463959
Guaviare556814153264255274367140217042126368778921382105131475524662926
Huila20374171447919142281125403124517511296419627579677701564926
La Guajira21053937008276340791059885561519442667524593578048457774
Magdalena216033687532586723013429174215313921095773394700172864922
Meta854402843463764304323890641862205102786713571037354927315982426
Nariño32028082695132272365762933144623325333468140741516814881064824
Norte de Santander22886591780343178240834677241419536827502204597214742632760609
Putumayo24378302307546231553866885385229065190982362172128364564603303
Quindío174205134104131302245181651832423628134646140405127448
Risaralda405681345801338424721632142093577062198726185925214726
San Andrés y Providencia536336923690000000
Santander30411702059571200249535819979617438078134211545225600351559723
Sucre1084957417086423316435906741054791586266199211311334810
Tolima23495741460555148059225835244817714392856799603908101663981
Valle del Cauca2208657162764816168923360765052079471898526217603115430093
Vaupés533017852717085279471159987878030313472007748445672936842831
Vichada1008306347305324777172106888887122620161810112010111397251095571

 

 

Archived forest data for Colombia | Forest data for Colombia

 

Data Source: Tree cover loss: Hansen/UMD/Google/USGS/NASA via Global Forest Watch. Administrative boundaries: Global Administrative Areas database (GADM), version 3.6.

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