Deforestation statistics for Sierra Leone



Total land area: Sierra Leone

Total land areaha
Land area7,271,458
Tree cover in 20184,209,894

 

Forest and tree cover extent: Sierra Leone

Extent of primary forest cover and tree cover for Sierra Leone. All area figures are in hectares (ha)
YearPrimary forestTree cover (30%)
20005,624,817
2001276,388
2010272,5735,433,671
2018253,4194,209,894
Primary/Total tree cover
2018
6%
Tree cover/Total land area
2018
57.9%

 

Primary forest loss and tree cover loss: Sierra Leone

Annual loss of primary forest cover and tree cover for Sierra Leone by year. All area figures are in hectares (ha)
YearPrimary forestTree cover (30%)
200118,617
200225015,328
20031769,109
20042354,025
20051674,025
200678728,560
200747621,899
200846320,944
200996130,585
20103018,793
201160133,969
201261316,376
20132,463170,507
20141,762161,746
20153,170233,042
20162,963177,878
20174,181233,009
20183,401188,457
Primary loss 2002-201822,970
Tree cover loss
2001-2018
1,358,252
Primary loss/
Total tree cover loss
1.7%
Percent loss
2001-2018
8.3%
Loss/year
(2001/2-2010)
423.98 16,189
Loss/year
(2011-2018)
2,394.24 151,873

 

Biodiversity data: Sierra Leone

Species count by taxa for Sierra Leone. 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
Birds582
Amphibians57
Reptiles98
Fishes684
Mammals190
Vascular plants2090

 

Conservation data: Sierra Leone

Data on threatened species in Sierra Leone as of 2018, according to the IUCN Red List.
TaxaSpecies count
Threatened mammals (2018)22
Threatened birds (2018)16
Threatened fishes (2018)57
Threatened higher plants (2018)72

 

Protected areas data: Sierra Leone

Data on threatened species in Sierra Leone 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
9.4
Marine protected areas,
% of territorial waters

 

Tree cover loss data for Sierra Leone

"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)
107271458714656898.30%711670697.90%586862380.70%141640319.80%7868916832156010
157271458703106596.70%696483495.80%571738478.60%141560020.10%7864416815155931
207271458619287185.20%621960085.50%498223768.50%140428422.70%7801616692154670
257271458608099083.60%594391381.70%470939564.80%140106923.00%7783716655154315
307271458562481777.40%543367174.70%421868758.00%137972524.50%7665116474151873
507271458359395049.40%315483343.40%224396330.90%105794929.40%5877514708113859
7572714582430703.30%3943745.40%3695725.10%6502026.70%361240223100

 

Biomass and land use carbon emissions data for Sierra Leone

"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)
107271458714656871167061507042971174181296967673931933239317740689
157271458703106569648341490913170174120360967335331922064217734480
207271458619287162196001379643008173299917962777331771650917650917
257271458608099059439131363336245173048766961382031725607317625337
307271458562481754336711291353220171290430951613531403247717446249
50727145835939503154833897787646140097872778321525684608914269227
75727145824307039437410200968614668118814895268915471493975

 

Tree cover data for subnational administrative areas in Sierra Leone

"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)
Eastern157669614593411384096108364369%37268826%20,705722355%7,22430045322%37,557
Northern360600724376612425057197254855%48815220%27,120356431%3,56445250919%56,564
Southern201659216826281587274112969556%51236830%28,465547893%5,47945757929%57,197
Western7216345187372443280145%651714%36220745%207444312%555

 

Carbon dioxide emissions data for subnational administrative areas in Sierra Leone

"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)
Eastern1576696145934113840964046109181047546625819703235341810152560
Northern360600724376612425057536876654103925810577365697491311772085
Southern2016592168262815872743391617091041271785784843131269011375035
Western7216345187372441070393912248276804639584103624

 

Biomass data for subnational administrative areas in Sierra Leone

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)
Eastern15766961459341138409622069686515157138903317438412836825537760
Northern3606007243766124250572928418121205668680131492675317716421137
Southern2016592168262815872741849972971105679663931553697160136204564
Western7216345187372445838512130668087371162159156522

 

 

Archived forest data for Sierra Leone | Forest data for Sierra Leone

 

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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