2016 Africa - Loss of Forested Areas By Countries
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1990 - 2016 Africa: This table depicts for the loss of forested areas for countries in Africa.

Key Points:

  • Key reasons for the rapid deforestation in Africa include harvesting of
    wood for energy, agricultural expansion, scale insect invasions, timber
    revenue and non-replanted harvesting.
  • Africa is suffering deforestation at twice the world rate, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
  • According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Africa lost the highest percentage of tropical forests of any continent during the 1980s, 1990s, and early 2000s.
  • Research carried out by WWF International in 2006 shows that in Africa, rates of illegal logging vary from 50% in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea to 70% in Gabon and 80% in Liberia – where timber revenues played a major role in financing the Sierra Leone Civil War and other regional armed conflicts until the UN Security Council imposed a ban on all Liberian timber in 2003.

Forest area (% of land area) - Forest area is defined, according to World Bank, as land under natural or planted stands of trees of at least 5 meters in situ, whether productive or not, and excludes tree stands in agricultural production systems (for example, in fruit plantations and agroforestry systems) and trees in urban parks and gardens.

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