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From 2001 to 2022, Sri Lanka lost 210kha of tree cover, equivalent to a 4.4% net decrease in tree cover since 2001.

In Sri Lanka from 2001 to 2022, 210kha of tree cover loss occurred in areas where the dominant drivers of loss resulted in deforestation.

In Sri Lanka, the top 5 regions were responsible for 43.9% of all tree cover loss between 2001 and 2022. Anuradhapura had the most tree cover loss at 32.3kha compared to an average of 8.4 kha.

Anuradhapura32.3kha
Kurunegala19.4kha
Moneragala15.1kha
Vavuniya14.7kha
Kegalle10.7kha
From 2000 to 2020, Sri Lanka experienced a net change of -174.6 kha (-3.79%) 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, Sri Lanka gained 60.1 kha of tree cover equal to 0.05% of the global total.
Russia37.2Mha
Canada17.0Mha
United States14.0Mha
Brazil8.1Mha
China6.7Mha
Weekly Fire Alerts In Sri Lanka
Weekly Fire Alerts In Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka the peak fire season typically occurs in September. There were 106 VIIRS fire alerts reported between 26 Feb 2023 and 24 Sept 2023 considering high confidence alerts only.
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Sri Lanka Compared to Other Areas
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Sri Lanka Compared to Other Areas
In Sri Lanka there have been 106 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 227.

Between 26 Feb 2023 and 24 Sept 2023 Sri Lanka experienced a total of 1,569 VIIRS fire alerts (high confidence).

Sri Lanka Faces New Fire Incident in North Central Province Amid Ongoing Tree Cover Challenges

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