Deforestation statistics for Malawi



Total land area: Malawi

Total land areaha
Land area11,847,209
Tree cover in 20181,367,553

 

Forest and tree cover extent: Malawi

Extent of primary forest cover and tree cover for Malawi. All area figures are in hectares (ha)
YearPrimary forestTree cover (30%)
20001,527,272
20015,236
20105,1631,476,615
20185,0071,367,553
Primary/Total tree cover
2018
0%
Tree cover/Total land area
2018
11.5%

 

Primary forest loss and tree cover loss: Malawi

Annual loss of primary forest cover and tree cover for Malawi by year. All area figures are in hectares (ha)
YearPrimary forestTree cover (30%)
20012,497
200224,203
2003107,138
200465,732
200565,732
2006165,589
2007107,519
200849,757
2009134,042
201054,004
201138,245
20121712,227
20131810,617
20141718,648
20152210,846
20162313,568
20172915,364
20182815,543
Primary loss 2002-2018230
Tree cover loss
2001-2018
158,774
Primary loss/
Total tree cover loss
0.1%
Percent loss
2001-2018
4.4%
Loss/year
(2001/2-2010)
8.11 5,621
Loss/year
(2011-2018)
19.59 13,132

 

Biodiversity data: Malawi

Species count by taxa for Malawi. 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
Birds636
Amphibians77
Reptiles125
Fishes470
Mammals189
Vascular plants3,765

 

Conservation data: Malawi

Data on threatened species in Malawi as of 2018, according to the IUCN Red List.
TaxaSpecies count
Threatened mammals (2018)10
Threatened birds (2018)19
Threatened fishes (2018)36
Threatened higher plants (2018)34

 

Protected areas data: Malawi

Data on threatened species in Malawi 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
22.9
Marine protected areas,
% of territorial waters

 

Tree cover loss data for Malawi

"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)
1011847209712304260.10%695710458.70%679337057.30%2687973.80%149331050620467
1511847209494223541.70%465914839.30%450291338.00%2545105.10%14139982819529
2011847209246955120.80%236897920.00%224014618.90%2053718.30%11410765416104
2511847209222391118.80%223429518.90%211049017.80%1969208.90%10940731215476
3011847209152727212.90%147661512.50%137155711.60%16501010.80%9167599513132
50118472093145082.70%3532573.00%3130022.60%6862421.80%381228375032
7511847209164360.10%72000.10%42100.00%644939.20%358346374

 

Biomass and land use carbon emissions data for Malawi

"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)
1011847209712304269571041039320834322457741791432591172183284290
151184720949422354659148818755423314163701745354575966313199813
201184720924695512368979513238514280208461556714513714892853972
251184720922239112234295477804382273674121520412501736252787424
301184720915272721476615367536322246083171367129451152782506404
501184720931450835325710538662712887861715992236277381312652
751184720916436720069745251528209849012801710155651

 

Tree cover data for subnational administrative areas in Malawi

"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)
Balaka2138232711357035292%1204%7793%8411%5
Blantyre2040767275709467963%82411%465267%532984%37
Chikwawa4903405108448292462079%45039%25024185%24220854%261
Chiradzulu766752018166515332%22611%13945%91328%17
Chitipa4099508588911256310753026%69318%38518982%19050334%629
Dedza5135893135231797299136%27899%1559053%9118846%236
Dowa3079847586586958362%1923%111592%16331%4
Karonga87700211150712276111886714%64316%35725372%25438943%487
Kasungu8027375037727974275803%6091%342150%223941%49
Likoma22278058583%00%-00%-00%-
Lilongwe6281774477633592283415%610714%3398562%86525116%656
Machinga38982432610409203843610%310910%1736252%6324846%311
Mangochi90940313486112389112055013%80096%44546683%46733413%418
Mchinji3156621340710505101743%5804%322492%253313%41
Mulanje20095342767398233551318%712117%39628117%281431011%539
Mwanza7498511587103811016214%3203%181011%102192%27
Mzimba103885414598812576211193611%2435917%1,353105337%1,0531382611%1,728
Neno15821823459179451684911%17087%956123%6110966%137
Nkhata Bay114332129256526130021991919%6031421%3,351189336%1,8934138116%5,173
Nkhotakota78760412608812759712433916%49424%27516841%16832583%407
Nsanje19400629915335743247817%24938%13913975%14010963%137
Ntcheu326490131411071398603%166913%938166%828538%107
Ntchisi17297021633212612053512%8454%471191%127263%91
Phalombe1450929953908580646%127113%712503%25102111%128
Rumphi67116418205019816619346329%89995%50042962%43047032%588
Salima3140997921978295953%4816%272944%291872%23
Thyolo16797129023264802102113%722125%40117626%176545921%682
Zomba3100131564914195124734%283718%15811157%112172212%215

 

Carbon dioxide emissions data for subnational administrative areas in Malawi

"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)
Balaka213823271135704930322347613041553993
Blantyre204076727570941618253245470136371622310405
Chikwawa49034051084482929446965850040472244641348239
Chiradzulu766752018166549502374937416331135476
Chitipa409950858891125631929057116203359001950602139290
Dedza51358931352317976884362743140412862725558824
Dowa3079847586586916033074580125453849914
Karonga8770021115071227612589065615748298749168616111083
Kasungu802737503772797496762071373087628495110975
Likoma22278058180190000
Lilongwe6281774477633592980003414484818047126596147816
Machinga38982432610409208492284864346480191756586088
Mangochi909403134861123891349544691954004108556110042106698
Mchinji31566213407105053027832140753782066219318
Mulanje2009534276739823128663802456965136498105559175172
Mwanza749851158710381275436567749376419046089
Mzimba1038854145988125762336842346325116351395275283446536
Neno15821823459179455557444375815208791237631507
Nkhata Bay1143321292565261300797412101800258210001435955791505850
Nkhotakota787604126088127597288594781257669698714741397942
Nsanje19400629915335745396978504338280192761328526
Ntcheu32649013141107132867711451778250992404026422
Ntchisi1729702163321261516089520531711407289722043
Phalombe14509299539085271558036678820377807135760
Rumphi671164182050198166435369402473458137414123011155419
Salima31409979219782160456295030527959474446
Thyolo16797129023264806780862188710510483951846171081
Zomba31001315649141954318669922648512583749468464

 

Biomass data for subnational administrative areas in Malawi

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)
Balaka213823271135702689269912804711847542
Blantyre20407672757094882683121133896743988495676
Chikwawa49034051084482925152890101463650257582531626312
Chiradzulu766752018166527001313440871227116982986
Chitipa4099508588911256310522130123883822491012760175976
Dedza51358931352317973755107120405347225191486632086
Dowa307984758658698745291162498813882100499
Karonga87700211150712276114122176127858994477223742760590
Kasungu8027375037727974527793110574895416127005987
Likoma2227805898291230000
Lilongwe62817744776335925345472120790072438931450680626
Machinga3898243261040920463215514247145526192958146956
Mangochi909403134861123891190660741411065823592126002458199
Mchinji3156621340710505165154512376771426536125082
Mulanje200953427673982370180261641340158744535757895548
Mwanza749851158710381150238113036952205310383321
Mzimba1038854145988125762183732191263450063191670150154243565
Neno1582182345917945303133412920499211388675117186
Nkhata Bay1143321292565261300434952051499819590545533324862821372
Nkhotakota78760412608812759715741533125685999381112586253423
Nsanje1940062991533574294380798275100152831506215560
Ntcheu32649013141107131564206119246430136911311314413
Ntchisi172970216332126128150341301119906222158012024
Phalombe14509299539085148122614920006611115440319505
Rumphi671164182050198166237474221301349154749536709684774
Salima3140997921978287521411151841288032442425
Thyolo167971290232648036986511271029332571852828093317
Zomba31001315649141952355636151503262279592045237343

 

 

Archived forest data for Malawi | Forest data for Malawi

 

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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