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From 2001 to 2022, South Korea lost 314kha of tree cover, equivalent to a 1.2% net decrease in tree cover since 2001.

In South Korea from 2001 to 2022, 314kha of tree cover loss occurred in areas where the dominant drivers of loss resulted in deforestation.

In South Korea, the top 5 regions were responsible for 71.7% of all tree cover loss between 2001 and 2022. Gangwon-do had the most tree cover loss at 69.7kha compared to an average of 18.5 kha.

Gangwon-do69.7kha
Gyeongsangbuk-do48.8kha
Jeollabuk-do40.4kha
Jeollanam-do33.6kha
Chungcheongnam-do32.7kha
From 2000 to 2020, South Korea experienced a net change of -61.8 kha (-1.02%) 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, South Korea gained 109.3 kha of tree cover equal to 0.08% of the global total.
Russia37.2Mha
Canada17.0Mha
United States14.0Mha
Brazil8.1Mha
China6.7Mha
Weekly Fire Alerts In South Korea
Weekly Fire Alerts In South Korea
In South Korea the peak fire season typically occurs in March. There were 20 VIIRS fire alerts reported between 15 Jan 2023 and 30 Apr 2023 considering high confidence alerts only.
Cumulative Fire Alerts In South Korea Compared to Other Areas
Cumulative Fire Alerts In South Korea Compared to Other Areas
In South Korea there have been 20 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 2022, with 124.

Between 15 Jan 2023 and 30 Apr 2023 South Korea experienced a total of 389 VIIRS fire alerts (high confidence).

South Korea Battles Single Fire Incident in Jeollanam-do Amidst Sustained Tree Cover Challenges

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