Deforestation statistics for Kenya

Total land area: Kenya

Total land areaha
Land area58,707,356
Tree cover in 20183,188,348

 

Forest and tree cover extent: Kenya

Extent of primary forest cover and tree cover for Kenya. All area figures are in hectares (ha)
YearPrimary forestTree cover (30%)
20003,332,315
2001649,579
2010623,3483,348,453
2018606,5513,188,348
Primary/Total tree cover
2018
19%
Tree cover/Total land area
2018
5.4%

 

Primary forest loss and tree cover loss: Kenya

Annual loss of primary forest cover and tree cover for Kenya by year. All area figures are in hectares (ha)
YearPrimary forestTree cover (30%)
200119,107
20022,97420,399
20031,56813,621
20042,97417,053
20051,70317,053
20063,34020,743
20073,44026,213
20081,88719,296
20091,59617,750
20106,74922,770
20111,41017,364
20121,66417,977
20131,62313,622
20141,21015,404
20153,05515,654
20162,05219,114
20173,13422,235
20182,64915,965
Primary loss 2002-201843,029
Tree cover loss
2001-2018
312,233
Primary loss/
Total tree cover loss
13.8%
Percent loss
2001-2018
6.6%
Loss/year
(2001/2-2010)
2,914.55 19,401
Loss/year
(2011-2018)
2,099.74 17,167

 

Biodiversity data: Kenya

Species count by taxa for Kenya. 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
Birds1058
Amphibians115
Reptiles280
Fishes1057
Mammals376
Vascular plants6506

 

Conservation data: Kenya

Data on threatened species in Kenya as of 2018, according to the IUCN Red List.
TaxaSpecies count
Threatened mammals (2018)30
Threatened birds (2018)44
Threatened fishes (2018)74
Threatened higher plants (2018)243

 

Protected areas data: Kenya

Data on threatened species in Kenya 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
12.4
Marine protected areas,
% of territorial waters

 

Tree cover loss data for Kenya

"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)
10587073561104543018.80%1076364118.30%1055903118.00%4555484.10%253082509425576
1558707356761448913.00%802889613.70%784000813.40%4227595.60%234872338723611
205870735643092517.30%45156827.70%43609387.40%3601078.40%200062053619343
255870735639909546.80%41202447.00%39710896.80%3507408.80%194862015918644
305870735633323155.70%33484535.70%32111185.50%3270899.80%181721897517167
505870735618984783.20%19668183.40%18709453.20%24738513.00%137441515111984
75587073569676361.60%8331961.40%7812551.30%15194215.70%8441100006493

 

Biomass and land use carbon emissions data for Kenya

"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)
1058707356110454301076364115595942076337372235207621161851736454732
15587073567614489802889613080321446202022034455681137037156316873
2058707356430925145156829820049635878004832655581077634295986857
2558707356399095441202449460143395822053132344741067376985929872
3058707356333231533484538624724385665851231476951038739635770776
505870735618984781966818632323732495464522752581908351205046396
7558707356967636833196417550755370681702059343679582383775458

 

Tree cover data for subnational administrative areas in Kenya

"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)
Baringo108687811440311464310556210%1378912%76647084%47190818%1,135
Bomet23920612133612130311714049%99338%55257705%57741633%520
Bungoma35935771351772227506621%57548%32035985%36021563%270
Busia18106422190234652304013%17418%9713166%1324252%53
Elgeyo-Marakwet281610107495930508633131%1639115%91196729%96767197%840
Embu28467733862345683375612%23467%13015345%1538122%102
Garissa43899752393302524502516706%13171%735370%547800%98
Homa Bay46975150614554945481612%16623%929842%986781%85
Isiolo25467401181451450%11%-11%-00%-
Kajiado22023791957923462229911%10165%565453%554712%59
Kakamega24610636104408123998216%27198%15118895%1898302%104
Kericho25920214211613070212014046%1580411%87852424%524105628%1,320
Kiambu25953568130790977610329%58399%32428454%28529944%374
Kilifi126782916049517316516371013%2283914%1,269133848%1,33894555%1,182
Kirinyaga14931644136478714727032%10022%564011%406011%75
Kisii13244249086499954982238%7091%395361%541730%22
Kisumu26806726202265942618910%17267%9613215%1324052%51
Kitui30505013292242208413051%18746%1049713%979032%113
Kwale8401258914886018783229%1792120%9961022511%1,02376969%962
Laikipia9545864633438575363304%716515%398492011%49222456%281
Lamu67408524532426221325339638%191818%1,066103644%1,03688173%1,102
Machakos6058537853690064971%128816%7288511%894036%50
Makueni8199922930332016315864%20077%11215775%1584301%54
Mandera2581387121210%00%-00%-00%-
Marsabit75820838616837583680%110%140%-70%1
Meru70123512139813933813719720%30312%1688901%8921412%268
Migori3215841481818842185966%8256%465794%582461%31
Mombasa2712438693814352113%98025%5468718%692938%37
Murang'a25468483955949839340937%31454%17515712%15715742%197
Nairobi722265282489147217%3947%222244%221703%21
Nakuru7506991241211059309634713%3046325%1,6922088017%2,08895839%1,198
Nandi28477311083911100810521337%1213911%67463446%63457955%724
Narok180539333538930121827738515%6491519%3,6064108212%4,108238338%2,979
Nyamira9034345715458284488150%20615%11511142%1119472%118
Nyandarua32811586406795367666523%64057%35635344%35328714%359
Nyeri33505717304618236817905453%50083%27816941%16933142%414
Samburu20985858421775654753054%5371%301880%193490%44
Siaya35110835300371663509510%352310%19614524%14520716%259
Taita Taveta17194842845537792374932%5572%312581%262991%37
Tana River39252806020160187569611%958516%533635911%63632265%403
Tharaka-Nithi25811346349470314678618%6001%333551%362451%31
Trans Nzoia24782651686498554830519%552711%30739778%39815503%194
Turkana63793606310453944570%1763%10941%9822%10
Uasin Gishu3447283616034170302419%1151132%640758221%758392911%491
Vihiga5639412165133601303823%5725%322502%253222%40
Wajir56689633227270%00%-00%-00%-
West Pokot95353610055480552768638%1110011%61774117%74136895%461

 

Carbon dioxide emissions data for subnational administrative areas in Kenya

"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)
Baringo1086878114403114643332769555038154279897185201398268
Bomet239206121336121303340321523717917206551244996158494
Bungoma3593577135177222238894842234680124149140903103206
Busia1810642219023465317553230562216979238968333
Elgeyo-Marakwet28161010749593050351416256051737336208378030283930
Embu284677338623456811199036469276260712803423617
Garissa43899752393302524503138384619019410566860013025
Homa Bay46975150614554947636822457702254283143917914
Isiolo25467401181452336430617310
Kajiado220237919579234625533706249139138411345114329
Kakamega246106361044081211674574655153363974320027894
Kericho259202142116130702402300026194871344160213691507245
Kiambu2595356813079097208499252035318113073110053116849
Kilifi1267829160495173165292703714062543225697243588203333
Kirinyaga149316441364787115939009356621198121621524310
Kisii1324424908649995929707123306812948195614682
Kisumu2680672620226594386083039854622141328488759
Kitui305050132922422085428319265042147251383615836
Kwale8401258914886018233770644568544253808260618245296
Laikipia954586463343857512537885244799413600017540486745
Lamu674085245324262213429145573902433216802223963207851
Machakos605853785369001845654282358156871936011095
Makueni81999229303320165677693391672217602963911910
Mandera2581387121720000
Marsabit75820838616837515274452205123112136
Meru70123512139813933835311204950462528032975981609
Migori32158414818188421881734128678714996004085
Mombasa271243869381498950325600814223181059369
Murang'a2546848395594983251982611074825597135713462935
Nairobi72226528248911382357139962777689396322
Nakuru7506991241211059303654154311912003661778854880420400
Nandi284773110839111008342244454605749255875273228234183
Narok18053933353893012181023139322151141411950791525693781811
Nyamira9034345715458289739378759302421834667136574
Nyandarua3281158640679536252455862263929125774137343111313
Nyeri33505717304618236855530357180320110017865598143402
Samburu20985858421775654233261701468248157578011129
Siaya35110835300371664591643597614332012805239636
Taita Taveta171948428455377925467625116862649250378312
Tana River3925280602016018711336905219123912173615228283552
Tharaka-Nithi258113463494703117195085165152917597248489
Trans Nzoia247826516864985517311432229631012757317129272923
Turkana637936063104539126120623095128312571316
Uasin Gishu3447283616034170125560024712641261813320185188849
Vihiga563941216513360321431520839811578843015513
Wajir56689633227478816102
West Pokot95353610055480552281259743499184194399245317130752

 

Biomass data for subnational administrative areas in Kenya

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)
Baringo1086878114403114643181510661592748086152671101019217237
Bomet23920612133612130318562992153202795611266413363486452
Bungoma3593577135177222130306281831218914677177685656294
Busia18106422190234651732109781667069261130344545
Elgeyo-Marakwet28161010749593050191681591783300948183386206198154871
Embu28467733862345686108565181255967142201529112883
Garissa43899752393302524501711846272103743576446917104
Homa Bay469751506145549441655398224965113870171489771
Isiolo2546740118145127441081679170
Kajiado220237919579234623018385154135896755073377816
Kakamega24610636104408126367949176357353198532356315215
Kericho259202142116130702219436381553379015187723116559276679
Kiambu2595356813079097113726861671110177616776002963736
Kilifi126782916049517316515965656992215937123108132866110909
Kirinyaga1493164413647871869400419719452210807884413260
Kisii132442490864999550711291031271247062106702553
Kisumu268067262022659421059068021738612077179164778
Kitui30505013292242208296090290144568803275478638
Kwale8401258914886018127511261432491933138441142155133798
Laikipia954586463343857568388471481335265741819567547315
Lamu67408524532426221323407940962128600118256122162113373
Machakos6058537853690010067221281540098556105606051
Makueni8199922930332016309692410621363811869161666497
Mandera258138712140740000
Marsabit758208386168375833150961201676174
Meru70123512139813933819260657159518429288021623244514
Migori321584148181884210264016970185389952362228
Mombasa2712438693814539731140139639775898755111
Murang'a254684839559498313744506164586269325713116434328
Nairobi722265282489175401314376340424148763448
Nakuru750699124121105930199317511606497456360970466298229309
Nandi284773110839111008186678791682512230139568149034127736
Narok18053933353893012185580759916611733502651861832196426443
Nyamira9034345715458285312388116414164230092545719950
Nyandarua3281158640679536137703201591234869686047491460716
Nyeri33505717304618236830289285175983572546433578178220
Samburu209858584217756541272336515180092445031536071
Siaya3511083530037166250453271325973181101530121620
Taita Taveta17194842845537792298234010563741354127474534
Tana River3925280602016018761837671031195223664018306345574
Tharaka-Nithi2581134634947031937913720290082500553044630
Trans Nzoia247826516864985594426001831252532695859343239777
Turkana63793606310453968793010912597700685718
Uasin Gishu344728361603417068487281892570536142808174647103008
Vihiga5639412165133601753262144113666631545988461
Wajir566896332272611819101
West Pokot9535361005548055215341441153190864410603613380971320

 

 

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