Deforestation statistics for El Salvador



El Salvador: Demographic data

Population (2022)6,486,205
Annual population growth rate (2022)0.50%
Population density (people/sq km)313
Net migration-40,539
Fertility rate2.1
Median age28
Urban population share73%


El Salvador: Land cover and land use change data
Land area (sq km): 20,720
Tree cover (30%)
Tree cover extent in 2000 (ha): 988,824
Tree cover extent as % of land area: 47.70%

Tree cover loss from 2001-20 (ha): 78,845
Tree cover extent as % of 2000 tree cover: 8.00%
Tropical primary forest
Primary forest extent in 2001 (ha): 50,573
Primary forest extent as % of land area: 2.40%
Primary forest extent as % of 2000 tree cover: 5.10%

Primary forest loss from 2002-20 (ha): 1,378
Primary forest loss from 2002-20 as % of 2001 primary forest cover: 2.70%

Primary forest extent in 2020 (ha): 49,195
Primary forest extent in 2020 as % of land area: 2.40%
Primary forest extent in 2020 as % of 2000 tree cover area: 5%


El Salvador: Annual forest and tree cover data



El Salvador: Tropical primary forest loss by year All figures in hectares
Year: Hectares
2002: 53
2003: 10
2004: 78
2005: 31
2006: 48
2007: 48
2008: 30
2009: 51
2010: 64
2011: 71
2012: 41
2013: 16
2014: 25
2015: 38
2016: 413
2017: 129
2018: 80
2019: 63
2020: 90


El Salvador: Tree cover loss by year 30% tree cover threshold; all figures in hectares
Year: Hectares
2001: 9,499
2002: 4,667
2003: 5,984
2004: 4,555
2005: 5,881
2006: 4,604
2007: 2,984
2008: 3,325
2009: 4,284
2010: 2,873
2011: 3,242
2012: 2,536
2013: 2,053
2014: 2,320
2015: 2,389
2016: 5,744
2017: 4,746
2018: 2,704
2019: 2,249
2020: 2,208




Tree cover loss by year at the subnational level (administrative level 1)

Sub-national admin area 1Tree cover extent
(2001)
ha
Tree cover loss
(2001-05)
ha
Tree cover loss
(2006-10)
ha
Tree cover loss
(2011-15)
ha
Tree cover loss
(2016-20)
ha
Tree cover loss
(2001-20)
ha
Tree cover loss
(2001-20)
%
Ahuachapán63,1641,2745603761,3313,5405.6%
San Salvador39,1041,1524443424512,3896.1%
San Vicente49,8462,5861,5581,6341,1376,91413.9%
Santa Ana97,9532,2691,1118593,9888,2278.4%
Sonsonate61,5601,5836965911,2994,1706.8%
Usulután102,0982,2712,4051,5902,4008,6668.5%
Cabañas53,5072,6651,3716225535,2129.7%
Chalatenango96,2224,8381,3366939207,7878.1%
Cuscatlán40,0621,4436014193552,8197.0%
La Libertad88,1382,3641,0036931,0395,1005.8%
La Paz44,0178426977665682,8726.5%
La Unión83,6172,8112,5761,5461,0577,9919.6%
Morazán74,6981,9451,5087591,0975,3097.1%
San Miguel94,8392,5432,2021,6501,4547,8488.3%




Tree cover loss by year at the subnational level (administrative level 2)

Sub-national admin area 1Admin area 2Tree cover extent
(2000)
ha
Tree cover loss
(2001-05)
ha
Tree cover loss
(2006-10)
ha
Tree cover loss
(2011-15)
ha
Tree cover loss
(2016-20)
ha
Tree cover loss
(2001-20)
ha
Tree cover loss
(2001-20)
%
AhuachapánAhuachapán152000221.6%
AhuachapánAtiquizaya109000110.7%
AhuachapánJujutla945010120.2%
AhuachapánSan Francisco Menéndez613100020.3%
San SalvadorNejapa89001333437.7%
San VicenteTecoluca97917813303.0%
San VicenteTepetitán117000675.9%
San VicenteVerapaz19000012.8%
San VicenteGuadalupe1,454241038553.8%
San VicenteSan Vicente308011462.0%
Santa AnaSanta Ana486410271.4%
Santa AnaChalchuapa9371818181.9%
Santa AnaMetapán499000110.3%
SonsonateAcajutla317000010.3%
SonsonateSonsonate213100010.6%
SonsonateJuayúa1,25610637453.6%
SonsonateNahuizalco146000000.0%
UsulutánAlegría944651038596.2%
UsulutánJucuarán1,555310134301.9%
UsulutánOzatlán4000000.0%
UsulutánPuerto El Triunfo1,233000000.0%
UsulutánSan Agustín152910332516.3%
UsulutánSan Dionisio3,15832210180.6%
UsulutánSan Francisco Javier151231121912.4%
UsulutánSanta Elena201100342.2%
UsulutánBerlín2,37437453018930112.7%
UsulutánSantiago de María1,254912410212810.2%
UsulutánTecapán73812211122668.9%
UsulutánUsulután4,19212336340.8%
UsulutánCalifornia291111472.5%
UsulutánConcepción Batres996034190.9%
UsulutánJiquilisco5,668122396500.9%
UsulutánJucuapa4655489275.7%
ChalatenangoCitalá34000000.0%
La LibertadNueva San Salvador93000000.3%
La LibertadOpico78010119212.7%
La LibertadQuezaltepeque62016248579.1%
La LibertadColón205000220.8%
La LibertadLa Libertad155100010.7%
La PazSan Juan Nonualco429000120.5%
La PazSan Luis La Herradura3,049120040.1%
La PazSan Luis Talpa75000111.0%
La PazSan Pedro Masahuat5000000.0%
La PazSan Pedro Nonualco1,0311317131.2%
La PazSanta María Ostuma253000552.1%
La PazSantiago Nonualco428000000.0%
La PazZacatecoluca2,0862267180.9%
La UniónPasaquina1,858010130.1%
La UniónSan Alejo1,029100010.1%
La UniónConchagua1,9906354170.9%
La UniónIntipucá384000110.4%
La UniónLa Unión152000000.2%
MorazánCacaopera13000002.3%
San MiguelSan Jorge41625213215.2%
San MiguelSan Miguel8732291421667.5%
San MiguelChinameca2,249171421831366.0%
San MiguelEl Tránsito3342695226.6%
San MiguelMoncagua16000000.0%




Primary forest loss by year at the subnational level (administrative level 2)

Sub-national admin area 1Primary forest extent
(2000)
ha
Primary forest loss
(2001-05)
ha
Primary forest loss
(2006-10)
ha
Primary forest loss
(2011-15)
ha
Primary forest loss
(2016-20)
ha
Primary forest loss
(2001-20)
ha
Primary forest loss
(2001-20)
%
La Libertad1,85326369804.3%
La Paz7,35558822420.6%
La Unión5,4137457220.4%
Morazán13000002.3%
San Miguel3,8894335461222456.3%
Ahuachapán1,818111470.4%
San Salvador89001333437.7%
San Vicente2,8774132062983.4%
Santa Ana1,92269111271.4%
Sonsonate1,93221737472.4%
Usulután23,3781021631014097763.3%
Chalatenango34000000.0%




Primary forest loss by year at the subnational area (administrative level 2)

Sub-national admin area 1Admin area 2Primary forest extent
(2001)
ha
Primary forest loss
(2001-05)
ha
Primary forest loss
(2006-10)
ha
Primary forest loss
(2011-15)
ha
Primary forest loss
(2016-20)
ha
Primary forest loss
(2001-20)
ha
Primary forest loss
(2001-20)
%
AhuachapánAhuachapán152000221.6%
AhuachapánAtiquizaya109000110.7%
AhuachapánJujutla945010120.2%
AhuachapánSan Francisco Menéndez613100020.3%
San SalvadorNejapa89001333437.7%
San VicenteTecoluca97917813303.0%
San VicenteTepetitán117000675.9%
San VicenteVerapaz19000012.8%
San VicenteGuadalupe1,454241038553.8%
San VicenteSan Vicente308011462.0%
Santa AnaSanta Ana486410271.4%
Santa AnaChalchuapa9371818181.9%
Santa AnaMetapán499000110.3%
SonsonateAcajutla317000010.3%
SonsonateSonsonate213100010.6%
SonsonateJuayúa1,25610637453.6%
SonsonateNahuizalco146000000.0%
UsulutánAlegría944651038596.2%
UsulutánJucuarán1,555310134301.9%
UsulutánOzatlán4000000.0%
UsulutánPuerto El Triunfo1,233000000.0%
UsulutánSan Agustín152910332516.3%
UsulutánSan Dionisio3,15832210180.6%
UsulutánSan Francisco Javier151231121912.4%
UsulutánSanta Elena201100342.2%
UsulutánBerlín2,37437453018930112.7%
UsulutánSantiago de María1,254912410212810.2%
UsulutánTecapán73812211122668.9%
UsulutánUsulután4,19212336340.8%
UsulutánCalifornia291111472.5%
UsulutánConcepción Batres996034190.9%
UsulutánJiquilisco5,668122396500.9%
UsulutánJucuapa4655489275.7%
ChalatenangoCitalá34000000.0%
La LibertadNueva San Salvador93000000.3%
La LibertadOpico78010119212.7%
La LibertadQuezaltepeque62016248579.1%
La LibertadColón205000220.8%
La LibertadLa Libertad155100010.7%
La PazSan Juan Nonualco429000120.5%
La PazSan Luis La Herradura3,049120040.1%
La PazSan Luis Talpa75000111.0%
La PazSan Pedro Masahuat5000000.0%
La PazSan Pedro Nonualco1,0311317131.2%
La PazSanta María Ostuma253000552.1%
La PazSantiago Nonualco428000000.0%
La PazZacatecoluca2,0862267180.9%
La UniónPasaquina1,858010130.1%
La UniónSan Alejo1,029100010.1%
La UniónConchagua1,9906354170.9%
La UniónIntipucá384000110.4%
La UniónLa Unión152000000.2%
MorazánCacaopera13000002.3%
San MiguelSan Jorge41625213215.2%
San MiguelSan Miguel8732291421667.5%
San MiguelChinameca2,249171421831366.0%
San MiguelEl Tránsito3342695226.6%
San MiguelMoncagua16000000.0%


 

2019 forest data for El Salvador | 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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