Deforestation statistics for Democratic Republic of the Congo

Total land area: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Total land areaha
Land area233,128,656
Tree cover in 2018189,337,424

 

Forest and tree cover extent: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Extent of primary forest cover and tree cover for Democratic Republic of the Congo. All area figures are in hectares (ha)
YearPrimary forestTree cover (30%)
2000199,454,589
2001104,580,063
2010103,153,137198,625,853
2018100,227,214189,337,424
Primary/Total tree cover
2018
53%
Tree cover/Total land area
2018
81.2%

 

Primary forest loss and tree cover loss: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Annual loss of primary forest cover and tree cover for Democratic Republic of the Congo by year. All area figures are in hectares (ha)
YearPrimary forestTree cover (30%)
2001455,888
2002168,993514,883
200378,138274,970
2004123,521400,358
2005149,894400,358
2006146,457453,541
2007154,991463,231
2008121,474405,159
2009218,277635,776
2010265,180811,378
2011148,639429,877
2012211,234631,523
2013351,217921,332
2014439,3451,339,040
2015322,814928,827
2016499,5601,382,372
2017471,8681,469,174
2018481,2481,374,906
Primary loss 2002-20184,352,849
Tree cover loss
2001-2018
12,836,705
Primary loss/
Total tree cover loss
33.9%
Percent loss
2001-2018
4.2%
Loss/year
(2001/2-2010)
158,547.25 481,554
Loss/year
(2011-2018)
365,740.47 1,059,631

 

Biodiversity data: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Species count by taxa for Democratic Republic of the 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
Birds1107
Amphibians244
Reptiles317
Fishes1480
Mammals430
Vascular plants11007

 

Conservation data: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Data on threatened species in Democratic Republic of the Congo as of 2018, according to the IUCN Red List.
TaxaSpecies count
Threatened mammals (2018)15
Threatened birds (2018)7
Threatened fishes (2018)57
Threatened higher plants (2018)46

 

Protected areas data: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Data on threatened species in Democratic Republic of the 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
40.7
Marine protected areas,
% of territorial waters

 

Tree cover loss data for Democratic Republic of the 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)
1023312865622797722697.80%22771185797.70%21902573094.00%137251216.00%7625075038991085766
1523312865622637621897.10%22537920896.70%21670497693.00%137043906.10%7613555030161084279
2023312865621463481592.10%21403429991.80%20544397588.10%135647516.30%7535974974431073791
2523312865621153992790.70%21100616790.50%20243839686.80%135279296.40%7515524960161070971
3023312865619945458985.60%19862585385.20%19014880281.60%133779296.70%7432184900881059631
5023312865616452964670.60%15956205868.40%15159558665.00%125241857.60%695788455771995809
7523312865611915468051.10%11512543649.40%10920216546.80%94497867.90%524988352652740409

 

Biomass and land use carbon emissions data for Democratic Republic of the 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)
102331286562279772262277118578107660022530093276701671848715517100750306505597
152331286562263762182253792088095943908430085038091671391015515590302306421683
202331286562146348152140342998007274712530030521961668362335505595731305866430
252331286562115399272110061677984292395830015626201667534795502864819305714712
302331286561994545891986258537891296565629949392831663855165490721989305040111
502331286561645296461595620587473150650329251839831625102215362837280297935404
752331286561191546801151254366427271170925083620571393534484598663797255481322

 

Tree cover data for subnational administrative areas in Democratic Republic of the 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)
Bas-Uélé1487180614633207146535521423310896%6947945%38,6002743502%27,4354204443%52,556
Haut-Katanga1243044294482839291729900921472%4738495%26,3251913342%19,1332825153%35,314
Haut-Lomami1091779775850228126225801172773%2870494%15,9471725512%17,2551144981%14,312
Haut-Uélé912934288829088685068834159791%5302426%29,4581867712%18,6773434714%42,934
Ituri650084756313815439958521425480%3352776%18,6271095732%10,9572257044%28,213
Kasaï966507585150188267251783220881%7976689%44,3153626254%36,2634350435%54,380
Kasaï-Central571340149407024678404434012576%59772812%33,2072594495%25,9453382797%42,285
Kasaï-Oriental102256329148425810923416923%5386718%2,9932992710%2,993239409%2,993
Kinshasa108075939357442498838780736%6074715%3,375235666%2,357371819%4,648
Kongo-Central539315933329353237212290086054%43876613%24,3761024143%10,24133635210%42,044
Kwango900707166571776531842630404870%3490485%19,3921212542%12,1252277943%28,474
Kwilu792665947514764741278440181056%48702210%27,0571475543%14,7553394687%42,434
Lomami540187928461362917219286923353%1277174%7,095797313%7,973479862%5,998
Lualaba121966571042746810191074999115382%3830804%21,2821831592%18,3161999212%24,990
Maniema1277006211860481117864181122317588%9314928%51,7503682493%36,8255632435%70,405
Maï-Ndombe1285650411075610110892721067554083%6751736%37,5102614412%26,1444137324%51,717
Mongala562209954599185456821484811986%87117616%48,3992624745%26,24760870211%76,088
Nord-Kivu587622453942355300063503387586%4178068%23,2111516183%15,1622661885%33,274
Nord-Ubangi542344347529974863515470387587%2491945%13,844895542%8,9551596403%19,955
Sankuru1083293695254869476323887027482%8800169%48,8902739673%27,3976060496%75,756
Sud-Kivu642301054682235421367509816179%5094589%28,3031862523%18,6253232066%40,401
Sud-Ubangi520847445135864556437414120280%59528113%33,0711800464%18,0054152359%51,904
Tanganyika1328114910213891103915921019238377%3520183%19,5571528091%15,2811992092%24,901
Tshopo2006332119840299198364231897547595%12721806%70,6774112322%41,1238609484%107,619
Tshuapa1330337913252369132492691290673597%5100114%28,3341674771%16,7483425343%42,817
Équateur1021059897607239754444940867592%4972705%27,6261515012%15,1503457694%43,221

 

Carbon dioxide emissions data for subnational administrative areas in Democratic Republic of the 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)
Bas-Uélé1487180614633207146535526871541284352336572195742541427675126196133
Haut-Katanga124304429448283929172925216279811450893988060522602263910607877
Haut-Lomami1091779775850228126225141533865672487277402707144956083441399
Haut-Uélé912934288829088685068301034916223944069413302261836636719472128
Ituri65008475631381543995830373193891770410569835614553760415208127
Kasaï9665075851501882672513464698871332800040184888911513314022683580
Kasaï-Central5713401494070246784041347748244223189646123994251008339715294460
Kasaï-Oriental10225632914842581095026116117215674956426978455928891
Kinshasa10807593935744249885748642712568883698271594322828208
Kongo-Central5393159333293532372127330431471202076906678205295486511332381
Kwango900707166571776531842116037092585556878475316028745087101475
Kwilu79266594751476474127810805723211384151537689731434265111873581
Lomami54018792846136291721940329222028467069158150417908111319870
Lualaba1219665710427468101910741999488157100165054556472548584196447608
Maniema1277006211860481117864185365888674428311224237950681723143131999614
Maï-Ndombe1285650411075610110892724840598878270872773150484871095207120169009
Mongala5622099545991854568212712839531391188965217327201252457233242905
Nord-Kivu587622453942355300063272198815320515905211397725805799715572386
Nord-Ubangi5423443475299748635152058469873109674450609302542270718425467
Sankuru10832936952548694763234893511851378946193210525661263013631580604
Sud-Kivu642301054682235421367243682824323029307912794060872129617885015
Sud-Ubangi520847445135864556437173498171024905295913836276781628821361260
Tanganyika132811491021389110391592235303466291684017509355740175826438524
Tshopo20063321198402991983642310809630447615680679342044822057145451245767
Tshuapa133033791325236913249269735713013925484672014158151859722821109305
Équateur1021059897607239754444447492555022003079412223933679048119015748

 

Biomass data for subnational administrative areas in Democratic Republic of the 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)
Bas-Uélé148718061463320714653552374811342925619218358810676866778731914288800
Haut-Katanga1243044294482839291729137543344514679139668439664832850755786115
Haut-Lomami109177977585022812622577200290410239538519219658424521501877127
Haut-Uélé91293428882908868506816420086341851306040197255779456347310621162
Ituri650084756313815439958165671966529496567847536488030205128295341
Kasaï966507585150188267251188983574722218152728710084849825444012372861
Kasaï-Central571340149407024678404735135407149121739809676332355000348342433
Kasaï-Oriental102256329148425810927415180949390370521687533703506668
Kinshasa108075939357442498831356233806855755380875324176451750
Kongo-Central53931593332935323721239984171312065567840364265816117456181298
Kwango9007071665717765318426329295959546667390259263315679143873531
Kwilu79266594751476474127858940308512475499178419439923687186476499
Lomami5401879284613629172192199775757715527497862639976806719929
Lualaba121966571042746810191074109062990410454635488303530526500473516878
Maniema127700621186048111786418292684836724723362430312979128939896217454335
Maï-Ndombe12856504110756101108927226403266622381477487828208266597385611001278
Mongala562209954599185456821147973065327121337579911854211683158518132493
Nord-Kivu5876224539423553000631484720811275111904929621694143952708494028
Nord-Ubangi542344347529974863515112280175023659822424332346823056754595709
Sankuru1083293695254869476323266918828328020669792911483218688916517225785
Sud-Kivu6423010546822354213671329179042243125614406697857847570719755463
Sud-Ubangi5208474451358645564379463536592101358470747547060426343011651597
Tanganyika132811491021389110391592128347345412650009461277830321914093511922
Tshopo2006332119840299198364235896162062297335825824186569901122079327952236
Tshuapa13303379132523691324926940129800753031390072997722628468939711514166
Équateur102105989760723975444424408684832501200167986667600370389810372227

 

 

Archived forest data for Democratic Republic of the Congo | Forest data for Democratic Republic of the 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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