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From 2001 to 2022, Sierra Leone lost 1941kha of tree cover, equivalent to a 9.7% net decrease in tree cover since 2001.

In Sierra Leone from 2001 to 2022, 1941kha of tree cover loss occurred in areas where the dominant drivers of loss resulted in deforestation.

In Sierra Leone, the top 4 regions were responsible for 100.0% of all tree cover loss between 2001 and 2022. Southern had the most tree cover loss at 732.4kha compared to an average of 485.3 kha.

Southern732.4kha
Northern693.3kha
Eastern506.2kha
Western9.2kha
From 2000 to 2020, Sierra Leone experienced a net change of -544.6 kha (-9.02%) 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, Sierra Leone gained 102.1 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 Sierra Leone
Weekly Fire Alerts In Sierra Leone
In Sierra Leone the peak fire season typically occurs in March. There were 5417 VIIRS fire alerts reported between 8 Jan 2023 and 31 Dec 2023 considering high confidence alerts only.
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Sierra Leone Compared to Other Areas
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Sierra Leone Compared to Other Areas
In Sierra Leone there have been 5,417 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 9,562.

Between 8 Jan 2023 and 31 Dec 2023 Sierra Leone experienced a total of 66,316 VIIRS fire alerts (high confidence).

Sierra Leone Confronts Single Fire Incident in North West Province

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