Deforestation statistics for South Africa

Tree cover loss data for South Africa

"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)
101220765382223254418.20%2245358018.40%2157467017.70%17139577.70%9522083505109864
151220765381349387311.10%1466443012.00%1387166311.40%161458712.00%896998218299096
2012207653877162106.30%73195396.00%66570825.50%145022718.80%805687877782807
2512207653871279745.80%64814285.30%58459424.80%141624619.90%786807807679436
3012207653859886944.90%52870194.30%47047163.90%134026222.40%744597579672788
5012207653831655772.60%31173992.60%27098482.20%109212434.50%606746845750944
7512207653810828810.90%9583230.80%7788660.60%56077451.80%311543813222432

 

Biomass and land use carbon emissions data for South Africa

"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)
10122076538222325442245358029843596352817408241565226851652483728695824
15122076538134938731466443023255082172768503001538057250755887128197715
201220765387716210731953917765692472678128831487849449099030027277239
251220765387127974648142817113920112656670971475928348705635827058687
301220765385988694528701915761010352604966981447203947757730126532072
501220765383165577311739910993789352357978861309988343229614624016453
751220765381082881958323508275823147253579818075426996489914998050

 

Tree cover data for subnational administrative areas in South Africa

"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)
Eastern Cape169060541639457145361313763638%1337358%7,430564853%5,649772505%9,656
Free State129940531417812708121180%218915%122159911%1605905%74
Gauteng18231106395800173110%132621%7463610%646909%86
KwaZulu-Natal934060622360762264383204093722%54943925%30,52432599315%32,59922344610%27,931
Limpopo125850074009953732013437243%5269313%2,927232166%2,322294778%3,685
Mpumalanga76572459064928534156954079%43837048%24,35428036231%28,03615800819%19,751
North West1049750915118482442530%232615%129175512%17657112%71
Northern Cape373137174629304929810%3578%202896%29682%9
Western Cape129592377653543138252216222%15982721%8,879676249%6,7629220329%11,525

 

Carbon dioxide emissions data for subnational administrative areas in South Africa

"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)
Eastern Cape169060541639457145361342063502442173370234296520124342756129
Free State1299405314178127082534985484491269163687814464
Gauteng182311063958001993095267461148591386816097
KwaZulu-Natal93406062236076226438356947523020140993711189441131712028712239
Limpopo1258500740099537320187907434168552069364008228881078291
Mpumalanga76572459064928534152855522211678584019325467111103587094353
North West104975091511848242216787483206268453805412833
Northern Cape373137174629304977818579851443667021605
Western Cape1295923776535431382520600807447965378266474322818763143327

 

Biomass data for subnational administrative areas in South Africa

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)
Eastern Cape169060541639457145361322943728514023003653127798110976911503343
Free State12994053141781270813827209726426814682201157890
Gauteng18231106395800154168785145886810575658780
KwaZulu-Natal934060622360762264383310622853139109859960610333171842924752130
Limpopo12585007400995373201479495081199193751510764448848588159
Mpumalanga765724590649285341515575575717291559126508661860601953869647
North West1049750915118482412091578026356614643207577000
Northern Cape3731371746293049424463924355924203656875
Western Cape1295923776535431382511236804014726162929145349612446591714542

 

 

Archived forest data for South Africa | Forest data for South Africa

 

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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