Deforestation statistics for Congo

Total land area: Republic of Congo

Total land areaha
Land area34,208,005
Tree cover in 201826,139,750

 

Forest and tree cover extent: Republic of Congo

Extent of primary forest cover and tree cover for Republic of Congo. All area figures are in hectares (ha)
YearPrimary forestTree cover (30%)
200026,413,136
200121,153,180
201021,060,05426,661,655
201820,860,12626,139,750
Primary/Total tree cover
2018
80%
Tree cover/Total land area
2018
76.4%

 

Primary forest loss and tree cover loss: Republic of Congo

Annual loss of primary forest cover and tree cover for Republic of Congo by year. All area figures are in hectares (ha)
YearPrimary forestTree cover (30%)
200127,055
20029,97424,330
20039,87518,534
20044,99613,856
20058,60813,856
200611,78822,178
200713,68929,804
20085,89317,396
20097,70519,098
201020,59844,710
201113,75528,408
201214,80632,181
201324,81854,693
201431,14372,964
201518,19747,870
201643,659114,379
201726,70363,938
201826,84762,762
Primary loss 2002-2018293,053
Tree cover loss
2001-2018
680,957
Primary loss/
Total tree cover loss
43.0%
Percent loss
2001-2018
1.4%
Loss/year
(2001/2-2010)
10,347.28 23,082
Loss/year
(2011-2018)
24,990.98 59,649

 

Biodiversity data: Republic of Congo

Species count by taxa for Republic of Congo. 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
Birds611
Amphibians76
Reptiles352
Fishes1508
Mammals197
Vascular plants6000

 

Conservation data: Republic of Congo

Data on threatened species in Republic of Congo as of 2018, according to the IUCN Red List.
TaxaSpecies count
Threatened mammals (2018)32
Threatened birds (2018)42
Threatened fishes (2018)94
Threatened higher plants (2018)148

 

Protected areas data: Republic of Congo

Data on threatened species in Republic of Congo 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
13.8
Marine protected areas,
% of territorial waters

 

Tree cover loss data for Congo

"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)
10342080053355491798.10%3328758397.30%3278737095.80%7478502.20%415472476462527
15342080053251527095.10%3206159993.70%3156279992.30%7451212.30%413962463262350
20342080052931908285.70%2904347284.90%2855368583.50%7308142.50%406012410361223
25342080052860044583.60%2841609783.10%2792892881.60%7270542.50%403922398960896
30342080052641313677.20%2666165577.90%2618446076.50%7130272.70%396132358359649
50342080052396488770.10%2370316969.30%2327067568.00%6510712.70%361712185854062
75342080052143562862.70%2023657159.20%1995606158.30%4303702.00%239091498635064

 

Biomass and land use carbon emissions data for Congo

"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)
1034208005335549173328758312543888562149430203830167827395537415219743
1534208005325152703206159912466607905149318444829546927375046315208359
2034208005293190822904347212218686834148735246826306927268129615148961
2534208005286004452841609712163530224148575964825422027238925715132737
3034208005264131362666165511983372270147924702821803927119528215066405
5034208005239648872370316911694914608143283020796016826268555614593642
7534208005214356282023657111070487913113591449631063620825097111569498

 

Tree cover data for subnational administrative areas in Congo

"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)
Bouenza125416764314875546473268658%316925%1,76189141%891227783%2,847
Brazzaville10256931021021%33%-33%-00%-
Cuvette449065936374663608347357236980%576682%3,204216901%2,169359781%4,497
Cuvette-Ouest246308721574392139102211081486%439952%2,444157071%1,571282881%3,536
Kouilou135155911956591198621115627686%756116%4,201332663%3,327423454%5,293
Likouala667679864284596457218638787496%1101772%6,121408331%4,083693441%8,668
Lékoumou211636219378661937486188546689%671063%3,728150861%1,509520203%6,503
Niari255662520846982235536219850286%599213%3,329228871%2,289370342%4,629
Plateaux398970512719341304257125559631%710146%3,945223532%2,235486614%6,083
Pointe Noire49952812222124%6021%35018%5105%1
Pool351983413091121278633121227734%1017638%5,654354073%3,541663565%8,295
Sangha577395857469815746667567228698%940172%5,223196360%1,964743811%9,298

 

Carbon dioxide emissions data for subnational administrative areas in Congo

"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)
Bouenza12541676431487554641415832568957117497618260048794580
Brazzaville102569310212822613344916
Cuvette44906593637466360834712672207951878358810435337251361441529
Cuvette-Ouest24630872157439213910210708135851823630910131286914991415165
Kouilou13515591195659119862148916176125485318141585111344721767575
Likouala667679864284596457218349646130856745863315254820507014529857
Lékoumou2116362193786619374868985619182776092915422746706932631750
Niari2556625208469822355368406956482234201212412238747981699254
Plateaux3989705127193413042573273476611988117211045107545691541936
Pointe Noire49952812224874211042613921229
Pool3519834130911212786332606517692396027413311269953911750796
Sangha577395857469815746667319081300549031045272394710480194818857

 

Biomass data for subnational administrative areas in Congo

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)
Bouenza1254167643148755464772272311204885702271428141844433407
Brazzaville102569310269947533419269
Cuvette44906593637466360834769121134319010245591569200395528786288
Cuvette-Ouest2463087215743921391025840801382719947077552615377181771909
Kouilou13515591195659119862126681550522313901086772283618803964132
Likouala667679864284596457218190716071429730952289171957211185642470831
Lékoumou211636219378661937486490124683253151423248412403658321435500
Niari25566252084698223553645856126322012186553677031477163926866
Plateaux39897051271934130425717855326914010844272602460411583841056
Pointe Noire499528122226587956025335503125
Pool35198341309112127863314217369110913069245726069542940954980
Sangha57739585746981574666717404434583032674420414857895716472628467

 

 

Archived forest data for Congo | Forest data for Congo

 

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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