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From 2001 to 2022, New Zealand lost 1371kha of tree cover, equivalent to a 1.0% net decrease in tree cover since 2001.

In New Zealand from 2001 to 2022, 1371kha of tree cover loss occurred in areas where the dominant drivers of loss resulted in deforestation.

In New Zealand, the top 5 regions were responsible for 60.0% of all tree cover loss between 2001 and 2022. Wellington had the most tree cover loss at 305.3kha compared to an average of 76.2 kha.

Wellington305.3kha
Bay of Plenty181.4kha
Otago147.9kha
Manawatu-Wanganui96.1kha
Canterbury92.3kha
From 2000 to 2020, New Zealand experienced a net change of -108.5 kha (-0.97%) 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, New Zealand gained 434.9 kha of tree cover equal to 0.33% of the global total.
Russia37.2Mha
Canada17.0Mha
United States14.0Mha
Brazil8.1Mha
China6.7Mha
Weekly Fire Alerts In New Zealand
Weekly Fire Alerts In New Zealand
In New Zealand the peak fire season typically occurs in February. There were 99 VIIRS fire alerts reported between 8 Jan 2023 and 12 Nov 2023 considering high confidence alerts only.
Cumulative Fire Alerts In New Zealand Compared to Other Areas
Cumulative Fire Alerts In New Zealand Compared to Other Areas
In New Zealand there have been 99 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 2013, with 220.

Between 8 Jan 2023 and 12 Nov 2023 New Zealand experienced a total of 1,713 VIIRS fire alerts (high confidence).

New Zealand Grapples with Single Fire Incident Amid Ongoing Forest Cover Challenges

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