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From 2001 to 2019, Iraq lost 0kha of tree cover, equivalent to a -50.9% net decrease in tree cover since 2001.

In Iraq from 2001 to 2019, 0kha of tree cover loss occurred in areas where the dominant drivers of loss resulted in deforestation.

In Iraq, the top 5 regions were responsible for 82.0% of all tree cover loss between 2001 and 2019. Maysan had the most tree cover loss at 0.0kha compared to an average of 0.0 kha.

Maysan0.0kha
Ninawa0.0kha
Dihok0.0kha
Arbil0.0kha
Sala ad-Din0.0kha
From 2000 to 2020, Iraq experienced a net change of 8.9 kha (30.50%) 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, Iraq gained 9.5 kha of tree cover equal to 0.01% of the global total.
Russia37.2Mha
Canada17.0Mha
United States14.0Mha
Brazil8.1Mha
China6.7Mha
Weekly Fire Alerts In Iraq
Weekly Fire Alerts In Iraq
In Iraq the peak fire season typically occurs in June. There were 10922 VIIRS fire alerts reported between 8 Jan 2023 and 31 Dec 2023 considering high confidence alerts only.
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Iraq Compared to Other Areas
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Iraq Compared to Other Areas
In Iraq there have been 10,922 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 2019, with 17,860.

Between 8 Jan 2023 and 31 Dec 2023 Iraq experienced a total of 153,897 VIIRS fire alerts (high confidence).

Iraq Confronts Environmental Challenge as Tree Cover Loss Trends Downward

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