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From 2001 to 2022, Nigeria lost 1248kha of tree cover, equivalent to a 14.6% net decrease in tree cover since 2001.

In Nigeria from 2001 to 2022, 1248kha of tree cover loss occurred in areas where the dominant drivers of loss resulted in deforestation.

In Nigeria, the top 5 regions were responsible for 62.2% of all tree cover loss between 2001 and 2022. Edo had the most tree cover loss at 308.7kha compared to an average of 33.7 kha.

Edo308.7kha
Cross River124.1kha
Ondo123.0kha
Taraba121.9kha
Ogun98.5kha
From 2000 to 2020, Nigeria experienced a net change of -1468.7 kha (-6.07%) 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, Nigeria gained 927.8 kha of tree cover equal to 0.71% of the global total.
Russia37.2Mha
Canada17.0Mha
United States14.0Mha
Brazil8.1Mha
China6.7Mha
Weekly Fire Alerts In Nigeria
Weekly Fire Alerts In Nigeria
In Nigeria the peak fire season typically occurs in January. There were 11276 VIIRS fire alerts reported between 8 Jan 2023 and 31 Dec 2023 considering high confidence alerts only.
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Nigeria Compared to Other Areas
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Nigeria Compared to Other Areas
In Nigeria there have been 11,276 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 2021, with 18,068.

Between 8 Jan 2023 and 31 Dec 2023 Nigeria experienced a total of 167,650 VIIRS fire alerts (high confidence).

Nigeria Battles with Tree Cover Loss as Latest Fire Incident Strikes Borno Region

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