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From 2001 to 2022, Puerto Rico lost 76kha of tree cover, equivalent to a 0.9% net decrease in tree cover since 2001.

In Puerto Rico from 2001 to 2022, 76kha of tree cover loss occurred in areas where the dominant drivers of loss resulted in deforestation.

In Puerto Rico, the top 5 regions were responsible for 24.0% of all tree cover loss between 2001 and 2022. Río Grande had the most tree cover loss at 4.4kha compared to an average of 1.0 kha.

Río Grande4.4kha
Utuado3.7kha
Ciales3.5kha
Adjuntas3.5kha
Ponce3.3kha
From 2000 to 2020, Puerto Rico experienced a net change of -4.9 kha (-0.89%) 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, Puerto Rico gained 7.1 kha of tree cover equal to 0.01% of the global total.
Russia37.2Mha
Canada17.0Mha
United States14.0Mha
Brazil8.1Mha
China6.7Mha
Weekly Fire Alerts In Puerto Rico
Weekly Fire Alerts In Puerto Rico
In Puerto Rico the peak fire season typically occurs in January. There were 3 VIIRS fire alerts reported between 12 Mar 2023 and 26 Mar 2023 considering high confidence alerts only.
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Puerto Rico Compared to Other Areas
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Puerto Rico Compared to Other Areas
In Puerto Rico there have been 3 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 36.

Between 12 Mar 2023 and 26 Mar 2023 Puerto Rico experienced a total of 170 VIIRS fire alerts (high confidence).

Puerto Rico's Tree Cover Loss Trends: A Call for Environmental Awareness

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