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Dominican Republic - Forest area

20,162 (sq. km) in 2016

In 2016, forest area for Dominican Republic was 20,162 sq. km. Forest area of Dominican Republic increased from 13,717 sq. km in 1997 to 20,162 sq. km in 2016 growing at an average annual rate of 2.05%.

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What is forest area?

Forest area is the land spanning more than 0.5 hectares with trees higher than 5 metres and a canopy cover of more than 10 percent, or trees able to reach these thresholds in situ. It does not include land that is predominantly under agricultural or urban land use. Forest is determined both by the presence of trees and the absence of other predominant land uses. The trees should be able to reach a minimum height of 5 metres (m) in situ. Areas under reforestation that have not yet reached but are expected to reach a canopy cover of 10 percent and a tree height of 5 m are included, as are temporarily unstocked areas, resulting from human intervention or natural causes, which are expected to regenerate. Includes: areas with bamboo and palms provided that height and canopy cover criteria are met; forest roads, firebreaks and other small open areas; forest in national parks, nature reserves and other protected areas such as those of specific scientific, historical, cultural or spiritual interest; windbreaks, shelterbelts and corridors of trees with an area of more than 0.5 ha and width of more than 20 m; plantations primarily used for forestry or protective purposes, such as: rubber-wood plantations and cork, oak stands. Excludes: tree stands in agricultural production systems, for example in fruit plantations and agroforestry systems. The term also excludes trees in urban parks and gardens.

What is Dominican Republic forest area?

Date Value Change, %
2016 20,162 1.67 %
2015 19,830 1.70 %
2014 19,498 1.73 %
2013 19,166 1.76 %
2012 18,834 1.79 %
2011 18,502 1.83 %
2010 18,170 1.85 %
2009 17,840 1.88 %
2008 17,510 1.92 %
2007 17,180 1.96 %
2006 16,850 2.00 %
2005 16,520

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