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From 2001 to 2022, Bhutan lost 24kha of tree cover, equivalent to a -0.6% net decrease in tree cover since 2001.

In Bhutan from 2001 to 2022, 24kha of tree cover loss occurred in areas where the dominant drivers of loss resulted in deforestation.

In Bhutan, the top 5 regions were responsible for 40.6% of all tree cover loss between 2001 and 2022. Wangduephodrang had the most tree cover loss at 3.4kha compared to an average of 1.2 kha.

Wangduephodrang3.4kha
Chhukha1.7kha
Samdrupjongkhar1.7kha
Dagana1.6kha
Zhemgang1.6kha
From 2000 to 2020, Bhutan experienced a net change of 14.5 kha (0.49%) in tree cover.
  • The loss total is different from annual tree cover loss, as this data was created using a different method and forest definition. For gross or annual loss information, please see the tree cover loss widget.
  • Disturbance represents areas that experienced both loss and gain between 2000 and 2020
From 2000 to 2020, Bhutan gained 28.2 kha of tree cover equal to 0.02% of the global total.
Russia37.2Mha
Canada17.0Mha
United States14.0Mha
Brazil8.1Mha
China6.7Mha
Weekly Fire Alerts In Bhutan
Weekly Fire Alerts In Bhutan
In Bhutan the peak fire season typically occurs in March. There were 46 VIIRS fire alerts reported between 15 Jan 2023 and 11 Jun 2023 considering high confidence alerts only.
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Bhutan Compared to Other Areas
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Bhutan Compared to Other Areas
In Bhutan there have been 46 VIIRS fire alerts reported so far in 2023 considering high confidence alerts only. This total is high compared to the total for previous years going back to 2023. The most fires recorded in a year was 2012, with 93.

Between 15 Jan 2023 and 11 Jun 2023 Bhutan experienced a total of 526 VIIRS fire alerts (high confidence).

Bhutan Witnesses a Singular Fire Incident in Wangdue Phodrang Amidst Progressive Tree Cover Gain

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