Deforestation statistics for Ghana



Ghana: Demographic data

Population (2022)31,072,940
Annual population growth rate (2022)2.20%
Population density (people/sq km)137
Net migration-10,000
Fertility rate3.9
Median age22
Urban population share57%


Ghana: Land cover and land use change data
Land area (sq km): 227,540
Tree cover (30%)
Tree cover extent in 2000 (ha): 6,955,671
Tree cover extent as % of land area: 30.60%

Tree cover loss from 2001-20 (ha): 1,311,511
Tree cover extent as % of 2000 tree cover: 18.90%
Tropical primary forest
Primary forest extent in 2001 (ha): 1,090,291
Primary forest extent as % of land area: 4.80%
Primary forest extent as % of 2000 tree cover: 15.70%

Primary forest loss from 2002-20 (ha): 101,110
Primary forest loss from 2002-20 as % of 2001 primary forest cover: 9.30%

Primary forest extent in 2020 (ha): 989,181
Primary forest extent in 2020 as % of land area: 4.30%
Primary forest extent in 2020 as % of 2000 tree cover area: 14%


Ghana: Annual forest and tree cover data



Ghana: Tropical primary forest loss by year All figures in hectares
Year: Hectares
2002: 4,438
2003: 1,875
2004: 1,583
2005: 3,406
2006: 3,654
2007: 3,016
2008: 2,670
2009: 3,538
2010: 1,648
2011: 2,772
2012: 2,501
2013: 5,112
2014: 7,456
2015: 3,621
2016: 13,749
2017: 7,689
2018: 12,289
2019: 5,822
2020: 14,272


Ghana: Tree cover loss by year 30% tree cover threshold; all figures in hectares
Year: Hectares
2001: 43,644
2002: 78,395
2003: 24,955
2004: 17,625
2005: 41,346
2006: 27,136
2007: 40,172
2008: 37,849
2009: 38,253
2010: 19,500
2011: 36,243
2012: 36,626
2013: 81,228
2014: 120,298
2015: 57,407
2016: 119,245
2017: 115,286
2018: 151,446
2019: 88,257
2020: 136,600




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)
%
Ashanti1,532,93138,80531,18385,053141,352296,39419.3%
Western2,345,32690,49064,911122,487192,823470,71120.1%
Brong Ahafo916,91715,39418,03535,57484,579153,58216.7%
Central746,60038,30923,24438,04074,984174,57723.4%
Eastern957,35918,53520,42343,37591,205173,53918.1%
Greater Accra7,8673524874277281,99425.4%
Northern4,169723798123171,66139.8%
Upper East18214001686.3%
Upper West622434206097.3%
Volta444,4203,3323,7806,72125,14438,9778.8%




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)
%
AshantiAdansi North5,749242133531312.3%
AshantiAsante Akim South19,1837955017521,2843,33217.4%
AshantiAtwima46745501094925354.2%
AshantiAtwima Mponua48,6334248211,8757,67310,79322.2%
AshantiEjisu-Juabeng4,479101286461.0%
AshantiObuasi Municipal11,9813226321091991.7%
AshantiAdansi South24,0461211092058871,3225.5%
AshantiSekyere East394113161.6%
AshantiAhafo Ano North3,4191034282736811,48543.4%
AshantiAhafo Ano South19,6443373761,6065,1657,48538.1%
AshantiAmansie Central12,4551816523234103.3%
AshantiAmansie East8,03987601827041,03312.9%
AshantiAmansie West13,1772433065281,4742,55119.4%
AshantiAsante Akim North3,696783922863598026.5%
WesternAhanta West5,170597964472494.8%
WesternShama Ahanta East40000011.3%
WesternWasa Amenfi East26,67157471332985362.0%
WesternWasa Amenfi West63,8146384954672,1193,7195.8%
WesternWassa West57,5031,5411,6182,6001,8827,64213.3%
WesternAowin-Suaman109,8351,1081,2859478814,2213.8%
WesternBia35,7031931291781,5882,0885.8%
WesternBibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai16,0871515812,3333,1266,19138.5%
WesternJomoro55,3603661811672499631.7%
WesternJuabeso57,1255276731,1664,7747,14012.5%
WesternMpohor Wassa East54,1032483082,7521,2364,5438.4%
WesternNzema East44,1011,7901,6268844844,78410.8%
WesternSefwi Wiawso77,7473709518482,9035,0726.5%
Brong AhafoAsunafo North49,20358581044,1074,3278.8%
Brong AhafoSunyani1,07541224015632129.9%
Brong AhafoTano North6,24810351331,2631,44123.1%
Brong AhafoTano South66101122722934.7%
Brong AhafoAsunafo South8,8641514844,1434,25548.0%
Brong AhafoAsutifi35,2137472,1425959234,40712.5%
Brong AhafoDormaa29,2826565912014231.4%
CentralLower Denkyira23,7738482821754241.8%
CentralUpper Denkyira7,8151924681112212.8%
CentralAsikuma Odoben Brakwa12,1541913684191,3342,31219.0%
CentralAssin North9,701363251561741.8%
CentralAssin South36,1611941051231916131.7%
EasternKwabibirem16,9853948731212821.7%
EasternKwahu South7,2511020441682433.3%
EasternKwahu West1,017174339715114.9%
EasternSuhum Kraboa Coaltar2,4571827271221947.9%
EasternWest Akim2,820129202092518.9%
EasternAtiwa15,76963661532635463.5%
EasternBirim North16,4701091212042496834.1%
EasternBirim South16,3352023924744981,5659.6%
EasternEast Akim6,85227351453665748.4%
EasternFanteakwa5,5611624512103005.4%




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)
%
Ashanti175,3632,3202,7565,90719,04530,02817.1%
Western603,2597,0487,97412,53919,58647,1477.8%
Brong Ahafo130,5478982,4361,04811,02115,40311.8%
Central89,6045236127421,8673,7444.2%
Eastern91,5175137471,2262,3034,7885.2%




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)
%
AshantiAdansi North5,749242133531312.3%
AshantiAsante Akim South19,1837955017521,2843,33217.4%
AshantiAtwima46745501094925354.2%
AshantiAtwima Mponua48,6334248211,8757,67310,79322.2%
AshantiEjisu-Juabeng4,479101286461.0%
AshantiObuasi Municipal11,9813226321091991.7%
AshantiAdansi South24,0461211092058871,3225.5%
AshantiSekyere East394113161.6%
AshantiAhafo Ano North3,4191034282736811,48543.4%
AshantiAhafo Ano South19,6443373761,6065,1657,48538.1%
AshantiAmansie Central12,4551816523234103.3%
AshantiAmansie East8,03987601827041,03312.9%
AshantiAmansie West13,1772433065281,4742,55119.4%
AshantiAsante Akim North3,696783922863598026.5%
WesternAhanta West5,170597964472494.8%
WesternShama Ahanta East40000011.3%
WesternWasa Amenfi East26,67157471332985362.0%
WesternWasa Amenfi West63,8146384954672,1193,7195.8%
WesternWassa West57,5031,5411,6182,6001,8827,64213.3%
WesternAowin-Suaman109,8351,1081,2859478814,2213.8%
WesternBia35,7031931291781,5882,0885.8%
WesternBibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai16,0871515812,3333,1266,19138.5%
WesternJomoro55,3603661811672499631.7%
WesternJuabeso57,1255276731,1664,7747,14012.5%
WesternMpohor Wassa East54,1032483082,7521,2364,5438.4%
WesternNzema East44,1011,7901,6268844844,78410.8%
WesternSefwi Wiawso77,7473709518482,9035,0726.5%
Brong AhafoAsunafo North49,20358581044,1074,3278.8%
Brong AhafoSunyani1,07541224015632129.9%
Brong AhafoTano North6,24810351331,2631,44123.1%
Brong AhafoTano South66101122722934.7%
Brong AhafoAsunafo South8,8641514844,1434,25548.0%
Brong AhafoAsutifi35,2137472,1425959234,40712.5%
Brong AhafoDormaa29,2826565912014231.4%
CentralLower Denkyira23,7738482821754241.8%
CentralUpper Denkyira7,8151924681112212.8%
CentralAsikuma Odoben Brakwa12,1541913684191,3342,31219.0%
CentralAssin North9,701363251561741.8%
CentralAssin South36,1611941051231916131.7%
EasternKwabibirem16,9853948731212821.7%
EasternKwahu South7,2511020441682433.3%
EasternKwahu West1,017174339715114.9%
EasternSuhum Kraboa Coaltar2,4571827271221947.9%
EasternWest Akim2,820129202092518.9%
EasternAtiwa15,76963661532635463.5%
EasternBirim North16,4701091212042496834.1%
EasternBirim South16,3352023924744981,5659.6%
EasternEast Akim6,85227351453665748.4%
EasternFanteakwa5,5611624512103005.4%


 

2019 forest data for Ghana | Archived forest data for Ghana | Forest data for Ghana

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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