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In 2010, South Africa had 3.97Mha of natural forest, extending over 4.3% of its land area. In 2021, it lost 23.9kha of natural forest, equivalent to 8.68Mt of CO₂ emissions.
Explore interactive charts and maps that summarize key statistics about forests in South Africa. Statistics – including rates of forest change, forest extent, drivers of deforestation, and deforestation and fire alerts – can be customized, easily shared and downloaded for offline use.