Deforestation statistics for El Salvador

Total land area: El Salvador

Total land areaha
Land area2,063,521
Tree cover in 2018902,951

 

Forest and tree cover extent: El Salvador

Extent of primary forest cover and tree cover for El Salvador. All area figures are in hectares (ha)
YearPrimary forestTree cover (30%)
2000999,338
200150,573
201050,161931,791
201849,348902,951
Primary/Total tree cover
2018
5%
Tree cover/Total land area
2018
43.8%

 

Primary forest loss and tree cover loss: El Salvador

Annual loss of primary forest cover and tree cover for El Salvador by year. All area figures are in hectares (ha)
YearPrimary forestTree cover (30%)
20019,583
2002534,707
2003106,041
2004784,587
2005314,587
2006484,653
2007483,002
2008303,357
2009514,321
2010642,902
2011713,275
2012412,547
2013162,067
2014252,342
2015382,401
20164135,793
20171294,788
2018802,725
Primary loss 2002-20181,226
Tree cover loss
2001-2018
64,095
Primary loss/
Total tree cover loss
1.9%
Percent loss
2001-2018
2.4%
Loss/year
(2001/2-2010)
45.73 4,774
Loss/year
(2011-2018)
101.74 3,242

 

Biodiversity data: El Salvador

Species count by taxa for El Salvador. 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
Birds500
Amphibians30
Reptiles154
Fishes587
Mammals162
Vascular plants2911

 

Conservation data: El Salvador

Data on threatened species in El Salvador as of 2018, according to the IUCN Red List.
TaxaSpecies count
Threatened mammals (2018)6
Threatened birds (2018)7
Threatened fishes (2018)17
Threatened higher plants (2018)33

 

Protected areas data: El Salvador

Data on threatened species in El Salvador 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
8.8
Marine protected areas,
% of territorial waters

 

Tree cover loss data for El Salvador

"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)
102063521113894255.20%101417849.10%98705747.80%771126.80%428449993390
152063521110432153.50%100480548.70%97794647.40%766456.90%425849793357
202063521106360751.50%99223048.10%96572946.80%760097.10%422349513313
252063521103570250.20%95783646.40%93155245.10%755917.30%420049313286
30206352199933848.40%93179145.20%90585343.90%750227.50%416849083242
50206352181034639.30%76621637.10%74322936.00%670768.30%372644092873
75206352147594323.10%55366626.80%53832326.10%403238.50%224024981918

 

Biomass and land use carbon emissions data for El Salvador

"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)
1020635211138942101417831359014312139567674420222559191236440
1520635211104321100480530796383112097040672058221779241232107
202063521106360799223030098625412039233668846220719511226220
252063521103570295783629618933912000141666675220003291222241
30206352199933893179128972517711947111663728219030691216837
50206352181034676621625351471311128352618242204019451133441
752063521475943553666173988850783142043507914357572797643

 

Tree cover data for subnational administrative areas in El Salvador

"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)
Ahuachapán12346363735635466221850%31745%17618463%18513282%166
Cabañas11001753996441094301339%516410%28740688%40710962%137
Chalatenango19750097543842638280342%76998%42862396%62414602%183
Cuscatlán6866140578378583714954%27707%15420615%2067092%89
La Libertad16489489128821068068949%48205%26834034%34014172%177
La Paz11903744639438904265836%27826%15515503%15512323%154
La Unión20084184331771767485137%77629%43154376%54423253%291
Morazán12723475661683386677452%50547%28134905%34915642%196
San Miguel20901095676912828857642%74938%41647875%47927063%338
San Salvador9356139663374183669739%23416%13016204%1627212%90
San Vicente12193450312442464171234%669713%37241638%41625346%317
Santa Ana20641998735928658899743%72757%40434073%34138684%484
Sonsonate12089962263609375935149%38906%21623044%23015863%198
Usulután20005110307810375710036550%81018%45047095%47133923%424

 

Carbon dioxide emissions data for subnational administrative areas in El Salvador

"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)
Ahuachapán123463637356354620476424981502545285139858440
Cabañas11001753996441091385170113626927570510854634655
Chalatenango197500975438426325928364210606411700417354246330
Cuscatlán68661405783785812074468842870468266265227044
La Libertad1648948912882106281523261457452809709957057720
La Paz119037446394389012861986734492408054126040237
La Unión200841843317717621307721198415711023113956973559
Morazán1272347566168338207643711404334780199889751921
San Miguel2090109567691282269204092193785121877138015101704
San Salvador93561396633741812220208712981396104759229632
San Vicente12193450312442461328229917700319833510852285601
Santa Ana206419987359286529091493226280912571298726159444
Sonsonate1208996226360937189152421280684711497336868376
Usulután200051103078103757338781652809216156068159291152038

 

Biomass data for subnational administrative areas in El Salvador

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)
Ahuachapán123463637356354611168957175535360297422803531877
Cabañas11001753996441097555474140743291412945920718903
Chalatenango1975009754384263141427461451148760638209466025270
Cuscatlán6866140578378586586073162459741255413417314752
La Libertad164894891288210615355813172794980441665431131483
La Paz11903744639438907015629157400634222572250621947
La Unión2008418433177176116223941381082269601267612940123
Morazán127234756616833811326021150765995425555394528319
San Miguel2090109567691282146838581531196606664787528155475
San Salvador9356139663374186665569168388898216052595916163
San Vicente12193450312442467244890144965466536375919446691
Santa Ana2064199873592865158680851611234261685705385086970
Sonsonate120899622636093710317407166698552388084001937296
Usulután200051103078103757184790011791532298851288688782929

 

 

Archived forest data for El Salvador | Forest data for El Salvador

 

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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