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From 2001 to 2022, Zimbabwe lost 232kha of tree cover, equivalent to a 28.2% net decrease in tree cover since 2001.

In Zimbabwe from 2001 to 2022, 232kha of tree cover loss occurred in areas where the dominant drivers of loss resulted in deforestation.

In Zimbabwe, the top 5 regions were responsible for 93.7% of all tree cover loss between 2001 and 2022. Manicaland had the most tree cover loss at 148.3kha compared to an average of 23.2 kha.

Manicaland148.3kha
Mashonaland West30.6kha
Midlands16.4kha
Mashonaland Central13.0kha
Matabeleland North9.5kha
From 2000 to 2020, Zimbabwe experienced a net change of -398.4 kha (-5.91%) 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, Zimbabwe gained 152.0 kha of tree cover equal to 0.12% of the global total.
Russia37.2Mha
Canada17.0Mha
United States14.0Mha
Brazil8.1Mha
China6.7Mha
Weekly Fire Alerts In Zimbabwe
Weekly Fire Alerts In Zimbabwe
In Zimbabwe the peak fire season typically occurs in September. There were 9550 VIIRS fire alerts reported between 22 Jan 2023 and 26 Nov 2023 considering high confidence alerts only.
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Zimbabwe Compared to Other Areas
Cumulative Fire Alerts In Zimbabwe Compared to Other Areas
In Zimbabwe there have been 9,550 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 2015, with 10,804.

Between 22 Jan 2023 and 26 Nov 2023 Zimbabwe experienced a total of 106,048 VIIRS fire alerts (high confidence).

Zimbabwe Battles Surge in Fire Incidents Amidst Declining Tree Cover

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