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Field Detail
Theme Agriculture and Forestry
Code AF-NR-3.2
MDG code MDG-7.1
Sub-theme Natural Resources
Name Area of forested land (% of total land area)
Definition Proportion of land area covered in forest
Calculation/Formula [(Total area commercial forest + total area primary forest) / total land area] x 100
Unit of Measure %
Purpose/Rationale A measure of a country’s remaining forest resources relative to its total land mass.
Policy Linkages National Development Strategies, National Forestry/Land Use Strategies, SDG 15
Preferred Data Sources GIS (GSD), FAO Forestry Resource Assessment
Alternative_Data Sources Ag Census, Forestry inventories
Census - HIES - DHS tag Ag Census
Primary Data Collection System Survey- Forestry Office/Ministry, GIS
Frequency of Data Collection 5-10 years
Other agencies countries_ must report to: FAO
SPC Responsibility - Data Management LRD
Notes FAO definition of forests is used (tree canopy >10% and area more than 0.5 ha-natural and plantation included). Excludes trees established for agricultural production i.e. fruit tree plantations.
SPC Programme LRD
Link to SPC Division Plan LRD Objective 2, outputs 2.1, 2.2.
Numerator Total area commercial forest + total area primary forest
Component 1 Total area commercial forest
Component 2 Total area primary forest
Component 6 NULL
Denominator Total land area
Factor x 100
Unit %