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From 2001 to 2022, Laos lost 4367kha of tree cover, equivalent to a 7.7% net decrease in tree cover since 2001.

In Laos from 2001 to 2022, 4367kha of tree cover loss occurred in areas where the dominant drivers of loss resulted in deforestation.

In Laos, the top 5 regions were responsible for 45.0% of all tree cover loss between 2001 and 2022. Louangphrabang had the most tree cover loss at 562.9kha compared to an average of 242.6 kha.

Louangphrabang562.9kha
Oudômxai392.4kha
Houaphan372.2kha
Savannakhét344.9kha
Bolikhamxai295.0kha
From 2000 to 2020, Laos experienced a net change of -1472.2 kha (-7.16%) 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, Laos gained 101.7 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 Laos
Weekly Fire Alerts In Laos
In Laos the peak fire season typically occurs in March. There were 18204 VIIRS fire alerts reported between 8 Jan 2023 and 26 Nov 2023 considering high confidence alerts only.
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Laos Compared to Other Areas
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Laos Compared to Other Areas
In Laos there have been 18,204 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 2023, with 18,204.

Between 8 Jan 2023 and 26 Nov 2023 Laos experienced a total of 146,184 VIIRS fire alerts (high confidence).

Laos Confronts Escalating Forest Degradation with Latest Fire Incident in Houaphanh Province

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