DR Congo58.9% —or about 133,610,000 hectares—of DR Congo is forested.
Change in Forest Cover: Between 1990 and 2000, DR Congo lost an average of 532,400 hectares of forest per year. The amounts to an average annual deforestation rate of 0.38%. Between 2000 and 2005, the rate of forest change decreased by 37.7% to 0.24% per annum. In total, between 1990 and 2005, DR Congo lost 4.9% of its forest cover, or around 6,921,000 hectares. Measuring the total rate of habitat conversion (defined as change in forest area plus change in woodland area minus net plantation expansion) for the 1990-2005 interval, DR Congo lost 3.1% of its forest and woodland habitat.
Biodiversity and Protected Areas: DR Congo has some 2100 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles according to figures from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Of these, 6.6% are endemic, meaning they exist in no other country, and 3.5% are threatened. DR Congo is home to at least 11007 species of vascular plants, of which 10.0% are endemic. 5.1% of DR Congo is protected under IUCN categories I-V.
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