Deforestation statistics for Kenya



Kenya: Demographic data

Population (2022)53,771,296
Annual population growth rate (2022)2.30%
Population density (people/sq km)94
Net migration-10,000
Fertility rate3.5
Median age20
Urban population share28%


Kenya: Land cover and land use change data
Land area (sq km): 569,140
Tree cover (30%)
Tree cover extent in 2000 (ha): 3,319,483
Tree cover extent as % of land area: 5.80%

Tree cover loss from 2001-20 (ha): 360,824
Tree cover extent as % of 2000 tree cover: 10.90%
Tropical primary forest
Primary forest extent in 2001 (ha): 649,579
Primary forest extent as % of land area: 1.10%
Primary forest extent as % of 2000 tree cover: 19.60%

Primary forest loss from 2002-20 (ha): 49,372
Primary forest loss from 2002-20 as % of 2001 primary forest cover: 7.60%

Primary forest extent in 2020 (ha): 600,207
Primary forest extent in 2020 as % of land area: 1.10%
Primary forest extent in 2020 as % of 2000 tree cover area: 18%


Kenya: Annual forest and tree cover data



Kenya: Tropical primary forest loss by year All figures in hectares
Year: Hectares
2002: 2,974
2003: 1,568
2004: 2,974
2005: 1,703
2006: 3,340
2007: 3,440
2008: 1,887
2009: 1,596
2010: 6,749
2011: 1,410
2012: 1,664
2013: 1,623
2014: 1,210
2015: 3,055
2016: 2,052
2017: 3,134
2018: 2,649
2019: 2,798
2020: 3,545


Kenya: Tree cover loss by year 30% tree cover threshold; all figures in hectares
Year: Hectares
2001: 19,027
2002: 20,288
2003: 13,553
2004: 16,988
2005: 12,745
2006: 20,656
2007: 26,103
2008: 19,224
2009: 17,696
2010: 22,693
2011: 17,300
2012: 17,899
2013: 13,564
2014: 15,357
2015: 15,616
2016: 19,048
2017: 22,163
2018: 15,908
2019: 15,950
2020: 19,045




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)
%
Baringo113,9891,9902,6973,8546,24314,78513.0%
Kajiado19,4683332072772011,0185.2%
Kakamega35,9089429313366302,8407.9%
Kericho141,2291,8813,3126,3406,27817,81112.6%
Kiambu67,6192,0317901,5112,6306,96110.3%
Kilifi160,1744,9908,3735,7565,80324,92215.6%
Kirinyaga43,8601882072574991,1512.6%
Kisii48,7342962391001,0821,7173.5%
Kisumu26,0316296802362341,7796.8%
Kitui32,8553735952938482,1106.4%
Kwale88,9153,2686,9204,7263,64518,55920.9%
Bomet120,6342,6093,1022,6814,19012,58210.4%
Laikipia46,2291,4083,5081,9844557,35515.9%
Lamu244,9513,2337,1205,8744,72520,9528.6%
Machakos7,7954614153191491,34317.2%
Makueni29,1649586162772252,0777.1%
Mandera0000000.0%
Marsabit8,6143251110.1%
Meru120,9114054899431,5413,3782.8%
Migori14,7252673051284091,1097.5%
Mombasa3,811284403230841,00226.3%
Murang'a83,2189825796621,8044,0274.8%
Bungoma71,1121,9501,6341,4391,0846,1078.6%
Nairobi5,24215175821274358.3%
Nakuru123,40111,8338,9305,8444,85231,45925.5%
Nandi110,1923,6002,6923,2833,99513,57012.3%
Narok334,63116,23624,73113,36818,09972,43421.6%
Nyamira45,4124146894302,5654,0999.0%
Nyandarua86,0391,5291,9841,5772,0017,0918.2%
Nyeri172,3079277611,5862,6085,8823.4%
Samburu84,134711161352665880.7%
Siaya35,1245409077922,3974,63713.2%
Taita Taveta28,3461361231734048352.9%
Busia22,0396057022157372,25910.2%
Tana River60,1051,5014,8432,0951,73610,17516.9%
Tharaka-Nithi46,1191761761152136791.5%
Trans Nzoia51,4392,1801,7821,2007185,88011.4%
Turkana6,308177945441852.9%
Uasin Gishu35,9674,7422,7982,3211,87111,73232.6%
Vihiga12,0421101382051866385.3%
Wajir32000000.2%
West Pokot100,1982,5204,8592,3911,90211,67311.6%
Elgeyo-Marakwet107,0984,0205,6293,9093,40016,95815.8%
Embu33,6258976316392422,4087.2%
Garissa239,1562622776931691,4010.6%
Homa Bay50,4626533254108252,2134.4%
Isiolo117110021.4%




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)
%
BaringoBaringo Central1,510443146865.7%
BaringoBaringo North1,282111616342.7%
BaringoBaringo South3,4805303922182041,34538.6%
BaringoEldama Ravine15,3813292332242841,0717.0%
BaringoMogotio4283712416314.7%
KajiadoKajiado Central1,245110010.1%
KajiadoKajiado South461000000.1%
KakamegaShinyalu11,691328461960.8%
KakamegaLurambi57010458.0%
KakamegaMalava53000012132.4%
KerichoBelgut10,7466122517600.6%
KerichoKipkelion East13,860811605288641,63311.8%
KerichoKipkelion West1,5991529832845.3%
KiambuGatundu North3,7031615140.4%
KiambuLimuru40000012.0%
KiambuGatundu South1,948032390.5%
KiambuGithunguri7000000.0%
KiambuLari8,347393237811.0%
KilifiGanze38101026.1%
KilifiKilifi North17,487522531151951.1%
KilifiMagarini7912107111.4%
KilifiMalindi6,968121616350.5%
KirinyagaGichugu14,0681823531332271.6%
KirinyagaKirinyaga Central5,002301136501.0%
KirinyagaNdia900420280.9%
KisiiSouth Mugirango0000000.0%
KisumuSeme2000000.0%
KituiKitui Central16000114.4%
KituiKitui East63000446.7%
KwaleKinango0000000.0%
KwaleLungalunga1526412153724.5%
KwaleMsambweni8169102402517621.6%
BometBomet Central146021151912.8%
BometBomet East670216810365.4%
BometChepalungu2,096818934230084040.1%
BometKonoin23,12130523561856873.0%
BometSotik1,17841105217934429.2%
LaikipiaLaikipia East3000000.0%
LaikipiaLaikipia North2,7091911110.4%
LaikipiaLaikipia West7,1193731,3153441552,18730.7%
LamuLamu East4,254311537551.3%
LamuLamu West2,890111352672.3%
MachakosKathiani50001127.7%
MachakosMachakos Town124021092117.1%
MachakosMatungulu343010120.6%
MakueniKaiti2801349186.6%
MakueniKibwezi East707001340.6%
MakueniKibwezi West13000003.0%
MakueniKilome26000000.0%
MakueniMakueni413334914611.3%
MeruBuuri14,36841544611240.9%
Meruunknown 50000000.0%
MeruCentral Imenti4,0871427140.3%
MeruIgembe Central4000000.0%
MeruIgembe North991000000.0%
MeruIgembe South45000000.0%
MeruNorth Imenti889050170.8%
MeruSouth Imenti10,50144619320.3%
MeruTigania East5,2581571315490.9%
MeruTigania West174000010.4%
MigoriNyatike00000033.3%
Murang'aGatanga3,2980283120.4%
Murang'aKangema8,7223627190.2%
Murang'aKigumo1,419003690.6%
Murang'aMathioya4,6491439170.4%
BungomaMt. Elgon23,278881943774831,1414.9%
NakuruRongai2161201302611.8%
NakuruSubukia7000000.0%
NakuruGilgil1,6954522130.8%
NakuruKuresoi North2,560411450541596.2%
NakuruKuresoi South24051399410242.7%
NakuruMolo2,4621941094823758823.9%
NakuruNaivasha3,890532638156111,33734.4%
NakuruNakuru Town East106050166.0%
NakuruNakuru Town West23100013146.1%
NakuruNjoro5,45513816613011855310.1%
NandiAldai7,382352783431882.5%
NandiChesumei5,0687959261092745.4%
NandiEmgwen4,8591067327142214.5%
NandiMosop4,3006222329811.9%
NandiNandi Hills3,383118107371.1%
NandiTinderet5,5640111233561.0%
NarokEmurua Dikirr101121547.2%
NarokKilgoris13,0661847492,5354,0237,49157.3%
NarokNarok East5571114249514325.8%
NarokNarok North76,1583,9898,7231,8193,92618,45724.2%
NarokNarok South48,4311,0341,1162855072,9426.1%
NarokNarok West18000001.3%
NyandaruaKinangop10,767373019151020.9%
NyandaruaKipipiri5,728506517601913.3%
NyandaruaNdaragwa14,374343930992031.4%
NyandaruaOl Jorok70000111.7%
NyeriKieni41,1296865652494471.1%
NyeriMathira12,6103526271232101.7%
NyeriNyeri Town240000000.1%
NyeriOthaya9,034722928660.7%
NyeriTetu6,5205934571041.6%
SamburuSamburu North4,652000780.2%
SamburuSamburu West1,1475814181.5%
SiayaBondo0000000.0%
SiayaRarieda0000000.0%
Taita TavetaTaveta0000000.0%
Taita TavetaVoi310001241.2%
BusiaBudalangi0000000.0%
BusiaFunyula0000000.0%
Tana RiverGarsen4,180649224421996123.0%
Tharaka-NithiChuka/Igambang'Ombe12,70323451610930.7%
Tharaka-NithiIgembe South210010020.9%
Tharaka-NithiMaara13,39653836530.4%
Tharaka-NithiTharaka123100010.8%
Trans NzoiaCherangany1,682216238391550830.2%
Trans NzoiaEndebess12,1791173937940.8%
Trans NzoiaSaboti1,391121322292.1%
TurkanaLoima287000000.1%
Uasin GishuAinabkoi77730730228811.4%
Uasin GishuKesses6,050931641291054908.1%
Uasin GishuMoiben3000000.0%
VihigaHamisi1,5525885151127.2%
West PokotKapenguria3941917595113.0%
West PokotPokot South10,5781212961041136336.0%
West PokotSigor4,95644137611373787.6%
Elgeyo-MarakwetKeiyo North2,16611815251.2%
Elgeyo-MarakwetKeiyo South1,714404632311498.7%
Elgeyo-MarakwetMarakwet East8,0012014119212012.5%
Elgeyo-MarakwetMarakwet West16,4813411548582551.5%
EmbuManyatta5,7691073110.2%
EmbuMbeere North93100233.3%
EmbuRunyenjes5,6531371130.2%
Homa BayKarachuonyo1000000.0%
Homa BayKasipul20010146.9%
Homa BayMbita104000000.1%
Homa BayNdhiwa00000033.3%
Homa BaySuba5896819356811.5%
Homa Bayunknown 64000000.0%




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)
%
Baringo22,0828686385025912,59811.8%
Kajiado1,706110020.1%
Kakamega12,2773294771130.9%
Kericho26,2051022005619131,7776.8%
Kiambu14,00951835461040.7%
Kilifi25,284925711382431.0%
Kirinyaga19,9705136561412851.4%
Kisii0000000.0%
Kisumu2000000.0%
Kitui79000556.2%
Kwale96815106534021322.0%
Bomet27,2113205524655891,9257.1%
Laikipia9,8313731,3243441562,19822.4%
Lamu7,1433128891211.7%
Machakos473041011255.3%
Makueni1,4384381414694.8%
Meru36,3172335651032250.6%
Migori00000033.3%
Murang'a18,0895131524580.3%
Bungoma23,278881943774831,1414.9%
Nakuru16,8639729784084412,79916.6%
Nandi30,5562382011812368562.8%
Narok138,2395,21810,6034,6668,55229,03821.0%
Nyandarua30,877122134671754981.6%
Nyeri69,5331151211354578281.2%
Samburu5,79958112260.4%
Siaya0000000.0%
Taita Taveta310001241.2%
Busia0000000.0%
Tana River4,180649224421996123.0%
Tharaka-Nithi26,432294924461480.6%
Trans Nzoia15,25222926980546324.1%
Turkana287000000.1%
Uasin Gishu6,8301221701591275798.5%
Vihiga1,5525885151127.2%
West Pokot15,9291844501702591,0626.7%
Elgeyo-Marakwet28,362943041071256302.2%
Embu11,51534146270.2%
Homa Bay701682035699.8%




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)
%
BaringoBaringo Central1,510443146865.7%
BaringoBaringo North1,282111616342.7%
BaringoBaringo South3,4805303922182041,34538.6%
BaringoEldama Ravine15,3813292332242841,0717.0%
BaringoMogotio4283712416314.7%
KajiadoKajiado Central1,245110010.1%
KajiadoKajiado South461000000.1%
KakamegaShinyalu11,691328461960.8%
KakamegaLurambi57010458.0%
KakamegaMalava53000012132.4%
KerichoBelgut10,7466122517600.6%
KerichoKipkelion East13,860811605288641,63311.8%
KerichoKipkelion West1,5991529832845.3%
KiambuGatundu North3,7031615140.4%
KiambuLimuru40000012.0%
KiambuGatundu South1,948032390.5%
KiambuGithunguri7000000.0%
KiambuLari8,347393237811.0%
KilifiGanze38101026.1%
KilifiKilifi North17,487522531151951.1%
KilifiMagarini7912107111.4%
KilifiMalindi6,968121616350.5%
KirinyagaGichugu14,0681823531332271.6%
KirinyagaKirinyaga Central5,002301136501.0%
KirinyagaNdia900420280.9%
KisiiSouth Mugirango0000000.0%
KisumuSeme2000000.0%
KituiKitui Central16000114.4%
KituiKitui East63000446.7%
KwaleKinango0000000.0%
KwaleLungalunga1526412153724.5%
KwaleMsambweni8169102402517621.6%
BometBomet Central146021151912.8%
BometBomet East670216810365.4%
BometChepalungu2,096818934230084040.1%
BometKonoin23,12130523561856873.0%
BometSotik1,17841105217934429.2%
LaikipiaLaikipia East3000000.0%
LaikipiaLaikipia North2,7091911110.4%
LaikipiaLaikipia West7,1193731,3153441552,18730.7%
LamuLamu East4,254311537551.3%
LamuLamu West2,890111352672.3%
MachakosKathiani50001127.7%
MachakosMachakos Town124021092117.1%
MachakosMatungulu343010120.6%
MakueniKaiti2801349186.6%
MakueniKibwezi East707001340.6%
MakueniKibwezi West13000003.0%
MakueniKilome26000000.0%
MakueniMakueni413334914611.3%
MeruBuuri14,36841544611240.9%
Meruunknown 50000000.0%
MeruCentral Imenti4,0871427140.3%
MeruIgembe Central4000000.0%
MeruIgembe North991000000.0%
MeruIgembe South45000000.0%
MeruNorth Imenti889050170.8%
MeruSouth Imenti10,50144619320.3%
MeruTigania East5,2581571315490.9%
MeruTigania West174000010.4%
MigoriNyatike00000033.3%
Murang'aGatanga3,2980283120.4%
Murang'aKangema8,7223627190.2%
Murang'aKigumo1,419003690.6%
Murang'aMathioya4,6491439170.4%
BungomaMt. Elgon23,278881943774831,1414.9%
NakuruRongai2161201302611.8%
NakuruSubukia7000000.0%
NakuruGilgil1,6954522130.8%
NakuruKuresoi North2,560411450541596.2%
NakuruKuresoi South24051399410242.7%
NakuruMolo2,4621941094823758823.9%
NakuruNaivasha3,890532638156111,33734.4%
NakuruNakuru Town East106050166.0%
NakuruNakuru Town West23100013146.1%
NakuruNjoro5,45513816613011855310.1%
NandiAldai7,382352783431882.5%
NandiChesumei5,0687959261092745.4%
NandiEmgwen4,8591067327142214.5%
NandiMosop4,3006222329811.9%
NandiNandi Hills3,383118107371.1%
NandiTinderet5,5640111233561.0%
NarokEmurua Dikirr101121547.2%
NarokKilgoris13,0661847492,5354,0237,49157.3%
NarokNarok East5571114249514325.8%
NarokNarok North76,1583,9898,7231,8193,92618,45724.2%
NarokNarok South48,4311,0341,1162855072,9426.1%
NarokNarok West18000001.3%
NyandaruaKinangop10,767373019151020.9%
NyandaruaKipipiri5,728506517601913.3%
NyandaruaNdaragwa14,374343930992031.4%
NyandaruaOl Jorok70000111.7%
NyeriKieni41,1296865652494471.1%
NyeriMathira12,6103526271232101.7%
NyeriNyeri Town240000000.1%
NyeriOthaya9,034722928660.7%
NyeriTetu6,5205934571041.6%
SamburuSamburu North4,652000780.2%
SamburuSamburu West1,1475814181.5%
SiayaBondo0000000.0%
SiayaRarieda0000000.0%
Taita TavetaTaveta0000000.0%
Taita TavetaVoi310001241.2%
BusiaBudalangi0000000.0%
BusiaFunyula0000000.0%
Tana RiverGarsen4,180649224421996123.0%
Tharaka-NithiChuka/Igambang'Ombe12,70323451610930.7%
Tharaka-NithiIgembe South210010020.9%
Tharaka-NithiMaara13,39653836530.4%
Tharaka-NithiTharaka123100010.8%
Trans NzoiaCherangany1,682216238391550830.2%
Trans NzoiaEndebess12,1791173937940.8%
Trans NzoiaSaboti1,391121322292.1%
TurkanaLoima287000000.1%
Uasin GishuAinabkoi77730730228811.4%
Uasin GishuKesses6,050931641291054908.1%
Uasin GishuMoiben3000000.0%
VihigaHamisi1,5525885151127.2%
West PokotKapenguria3941917595113.0%
West PokotPokot South10,5781212961041136336.0%
West PokotSigor4,95644137611373787.6%
Elgeyo-MarakwetKeiyo North2,16611815251.2%
Elgeyo-MarakwetKeiyo South1,714404632311498.7%
Elgeyo-MarakwetMarakwet East8,0012014119212012.5%
Elgeyo-MarakwetMarakwet West16,4813411548582551.5%
EmbuManyatta5,7691073110.2%
EmbuMbeere North93100233.3%
EmbuRunyenjes5,6531371130.2%
Homa BayKarachuonyo1000000.0%
Homa BayKasipul20010146.9%
Homa BayMbita104000000.1%
Homa BayNdhiwa00000033.3%
Homa BaySuba5896819356811.5%
Homa Bayunknown 64000000.0%


 

2019 forest data for Kenya | Archived forest data for Kenya | Forest data for Kenya

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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