Total Africa21.4% —or about 635,412,000 hectares—of Total Africa is forested. Of this, none is classified as primary forest, the most biodiverse form of forest.
Change in Forest Cover: Between 1990 and 2000, Total Africa lost an average of 4,374,800 hectares of forest per year. The amounts to an average annual deforestation rate of 0.63%. Between 2000 and 2005, the rate of forest change decreased by 1.5% to 0.62% per annum. In total, between 1990 and 2005, Total Africa lost 9.1% of its forest cover, or around 63,949,000 hectares. Measuring the total rate of habitat conversion (defined as change in forest area plus change in woodland area minus net plantation expansion) for the 1990-2005 interval, Total Africa lost 9.1% of its forest and woodland habitat.
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