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From 2001 to 2022, Japan lost 865kha of tree cover, equivalent to a 0.5% net decrease in tree cover since 2001.

In Japan from 2001 to 2022, 865kha of tree cover loss occurred in areas where the dominant drivers of loss resulted in deforestation.

In Japan, the top 5 regions were responsible for 46.3% of all tree cover loss between 2001 and 2022. Hokkaido had the most tree cover loss at 188.8kha compared to an average of 18.4 kha.

Hokkaido188.8kha
Iwate77.4kha
Miyazaki69.5kha
Aomori32.2kha
Oita32.1kha
From 2000 to 2020, Japan experienced a net change of -143.9 kha (-0.53%) 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, Japan gained 221.0 kha of tree cover equal to 0.17% of the global total.
Russia37.2Mha
Canada17.0Mha
United States14.0Mha
Brazil8.1Mha
China6.7Mha
Weekly Fire Alerts In Japan
Weekly Fire Alerts In Japan
In Japan the peak fire season typically occurs in March. There were 46 VIIRS fire alerts reported between 15 Jan 2023 and 26 Nov 2023 considering high confidence alerts only.
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Japan Compared to Other Areas
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Japan Compared to Other Areas
In Japan 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 2014, with 207.

Between 15 Jan 2023 and 26 Nov 2023 Japan experienced a total of 1,499 VIIRS fire alerts (high confidence).

Japan's Tree Cover Under Threat: Latest Fire Incident Marks Ongoing Environmental Challenge

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