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Seychelles Forest Figures

Forest Cover
Total forest area: 40,000 ha
% of land area: 88.9%

Primary forest cover: 2,000 ha
% of land area: 4.4%
% total forest area: 5.0%

Deforestation Rates, 2000-2005
Annual change in forest cover: n/a
Annual deforestation rate: n/a
Change in defor. rate since '90s: n/a
Total forest loss since 1990: n/a
Total forest loss since 1990:0.0%

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 1990:0.0%

Forest Classification
Public: 77.5%
Private: 22.5%
Other: n/a
Production: 2.5%
Protection: 15%
Conservation: 5%
Social services: 20%
Multiple purpose: 15%
None or unknown: 42.5

Forest Area Breakdown
Total area: 40,000 ha
Primary: 2,000 ha
Modified natural: 33,000 ha
Semi-natural: n/a
Production plantation: 5,000 ha
Production plantation: n/a

Plantations, 2005: 5,000 ha
% of total forest cover: 12.5%
Annual change rate (00-05): n/a

Carbon storage
Above-ground biomass: 6 M t
Below-ground biomass: 1 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: 93
Critically endangered: 7
Endangered: 4
Vulnerable: 23

Wood removal 2005
Industrial roundwood: 10,000 m3 o.b.
Wood fuel: 3,000 m3 o.b.

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 Seychelles

The island nation of the Seychelles has high rates of endemnicity. Tourism is the most important industry in the Seychelles, and about 7.5 percent of the country's land mass is under some form of protection. The Seychelles have some 250 species of plants, 238 birds, 12 amphibians, 38 mammals, and 25 reptiles.

The deforestation rate in the Seychelles is not significant. Most forest degradation results from the harvesting of building material and fuelwood from forest areas.

Suggested reading - Books

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Other resources

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CIA-World Factbook Profile
FAO-Forestry Profile
World Resources Institute

Last updated: 4 Feb 2006