Deforestation statistics for Malawi



Malawi: Demographic data

Population (2022)19,129,952
Annual population growth rate (2022)2.70%
Population density (people/sq km)203
Net migration-16,053
Fertility rate4.3
Median age18
Urban population share18%


Malawi: Land cover and land use change data
Land area (sq km): 94,280
Tree cover (30%)
Tree cover extent in 2000 (ha): 1,521,820
Tree cover extent as % of land area: 16.10%

Tree cover loss from 2001-20 (ha): 192,573
Tree cover extent as % of 2000 tree cover: 12.70%
Tropical primary forest
Primary forest extent in 2001 (ha): 5,236
Primary forest extent as % of land area: 0.10%
Primary forest extent as % of 2000 tree cover: 0.30%

Primary forest loss from 2002-20 (ha): 420
Primary forest loss from 2002-20 as % of 2001 primary forest cover: 8.00%

Primary forest extent in 2020 (ha): 4,816
Primary forest extent in 2020 as % of land area: 0.10%
Primary forest extent in 2020 as % of 2000 tree cover area: 0%


Malawi: Annual forest and tree cover data



Malawi: Tropical primary forest loss by year All figures in hectares
Year: Hectares
2002: 2
2003: 10
2004: 6
2005: 6
2006: 16
2007: 10
2008: 4
2009: 13
2010: 5
2011: 3
2012: 17
2013: 18
2014: 17
2015: 22
2016: 23
2017: 29
2018: 28
2019: 44
2020: 146


Malawi: Tree cover loss by year 30% tree cover threshold; all figures in hectares
Year: Hectares
2001: 2,488
2002: 4,190
2003: 7,113
2004: 5,712
2005: 9,445
2006: 5,563
2007: 7,494
2008: 9,724
2009: 4,030
2010: 3,982
2011: 8,216
2012: 12,173
2013: 10,562
2014: 18,587
2015: 10,785
2016: 13,509
2017: 15,308
2018: 15,487
2019: 12,134
2020: 16,068




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)
%
Balaka2,709433224201204.4%
Likoma80000000.0%
Lilongwe44,6111686902,2454,7197,82217.5%
Machinga32,5053872408003,0324,46013.7%
Mangochi134,2712,4052,2471,4412,7458,8376.6%
Mchinji13,267711771482516474.9%
Mulanje42,4821,1781,6152,5802,8528,22619.4%
Mwanza11,5234158852013853.3%
Mzimba145,3325,1935,2958,1459,34327,97619.2%
Neno23,3472933215691,0922,2759.7%
Nkhata Bay291,5578,9979,87224,30427,88671,05924.4%
Blantyre7,2122782472688287412.1%
Nkhotakota125,8059846931,5802,6655,9224.7%
Nsanje29,6975648277604632,6158.8%
Ntcheu13,0734054125305481,89514.5%
Ntchisi21,45355633675059904.6%
Phalombe9,8731341113771,0021,62416.4%
Rumphi181,3282,6481,6302,7833,01610,0775.6%
Salima7,839214841071295336.8%
Thyolo28,7825661,1863,6902,8278,27028.7%
Zomba15,5483507531,0521,1483,30321.2%
Chikwawa50,9237391,6801,4837274,6299.1%
Chiradzulu1,99357417915433016.6%
Chitipa85,5439639252,8143,4478,1499.5%
Dedza31,2204074971,5197693,19210.2%
Dowa7,5531085325422273.0%
Karonga111,1361,5779522,3492,2977,1756.5%
Kasungu51,160125941985439591.9%




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)
%
LikomaLake Malawi1000000.0%
MulanjeMulanje Mountain Forest Reserve2,80021634671194.2%
MulanjeSC Laston Njema0000000.0%
MulanjeTA Mabuka3000000.0%
NtcheuTA Chakhumbira220114627.7%
NtcheuTA Masasa1000000.0%
NtcheuTA Njolomole162002454829.6%
PhalombeTA Mkhumba262191152710.2%
PhalombeTA Nazombe1674313116.8%
RumphiNyika National Park - Rumphi54000000.0%
ChitipaNyika N.P. - Chitipa0000000.0%
ChitipaTA Mwabulambya0000000.0%
ChitipaTA Mwenemisuku1,66115193813020212.2%
ChitipaTA Mwenewenya104001677.0%




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)
%
Likoma1000000.0%
Mulanje2,80321634671194.2%
Ntcheu184123495429.3%
Phalombe429612218388.9%
Rumphi54000000.0%
Chitipa1,76516193813620911.9%




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)
%
LikomaLake Malawi1000000.0%
MulanjeMulanje Mountain Forest Reserve2,80021634671194.2%
MulanjeSC Laston Njema0000000.0%
MulanjeTA Mabuka3000000.0%
NtcheuTA Chakhumbira220114627.7%
NtcheuTA Masasa1000000.0%
NtcheuTA Njolomole162002454829.6%
PhalombeTA Mkhumba262191152710.2%
PhalombeTA Nazombe1674313116.8%
RumphiNyika National Park - Rumphi54000000.0%
ChitipaNyika N.P. - Chitipa0000000.0%
ChitipaTA Mwabulambya0000000.0%
ChitipaTA Mwenemisuku1,66115193813020212.2%
ChitipaTA Mwenewenya104001677.0%


 

2019 forest data for Malawi | 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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