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Benin Forest Figures

Forest Cover
Total forest area: 2,351,000 ha
% of land area: 21.3%

Primary forest cover: n/a
% of land area: n/a
% total forest area: n/a

Deforestation Rates, 2000-2005
Annual change in forest cover: -64,800 ha
Annual deforestation rate: -2.5%
Change in defor. rate since '90s: 24.4%
Total forest loss since 1990: -971,000 ha
Total forest loss since 1990:-29.2%

Primary or "Old-growth" forests
Annual loss of primary forests: n/a
Annual deforestation rate: n/a
Change in deforestation rate since '90s: n/a
Primary forest loss since 1990: n/a
Primary forest loss since 1990:n/a

Forest Classification
Public: n/a
Private: n/a
Other: n/a
Production: n/a
Protection: n/a
Conservation: n/a
Social services: n/a
Multiple purpose: n/a
None or unknown: n/a

Forest Area Breakdown
Total area: 2,351,000 ha
Primary: n/a
Modified natural: 2,237,000 ha
Semi-natural: n/a
Production plantation: 114,000 ha
Production plantation: n/a

Plantations, 2005: 114,000 ha
% of total forest cover: 4.8%
Annual change rate (00-05): 1,000,000 ha

Carbon storage
Above-ground biomass: n/a M t
Below-ground biomass: n/a M t

Area annually affected by
Fire: n/a
Insects: n/a
Diseases: n/a

Number of tree species in IUCN red list
Number of native tree species: n/a
Critically endangered: 0
Endangered: 0
Vulnerable: 14

Wood removal 2005
Industrial roundwood: n/a
Wood fuel: n/a

Value of forest products, 2005
Industrial roundwood: n/a
Wood fuel: n/a
Non-wood forest products (NWFPs): n/a
Total Value: n/a

More forest statistics for Benin

Benin's economy is largely undeveloped and relies on subsistence agriculture and regional trade. An exploding population (3.3 percent population growth) is putting pressure on forests for fuelwood, agricultural clearing, pasture lands, and housing. Deforestation has led to extensive siltation of Benin's waterways, hindering boat traffic and further damaging the economy, of which over 30 percent is made up of transport activities. Heavy poaching has depleted wildlife.

According to FAO figures, Benin has no undisturbed primary forest and has lost 29 percent of its forest cover since 1990. At 2.5 percent, Benin has one of the highest annual deforestation rates in the world.

On paper, more than 22 percent of the country is protected, although the effectiveness of this protection is unclear.

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Last updated: 4 Feb 2006