Agency Strategic Goal:
The World's Environment Protected for Long Term
(a) *Average annual change in total forest area (percent
change and in square kilometers); (b)*** Avg. annual change
in natural forest area; (c)*** Avg. annual change in
plantation forest area.
FAO, State of the Worlds Forests, 1997; World Development
Indicators (Table 3.1); USAID calculations
Performance Goal 6:
Loss of forest area
Note: Total forest area includes both
natural forest and plantation area.
change in natural forest include the
permanent conversion of natural forest
area to other uses, including shifting
cultivation, permanent agriculture,
ranching, settlements, or infrastructure.
Deforested areas do not include areas
logged but intended for regeneration or
areas degraded by fuelwood gathering,
acid precipitation, or forest fires.
Thus, these data do not reflect the full
extent of forest and biodiversity losses
FAO data may be
particularly unreliable due to differing
national definitions and reporting
Data on total forest area
change is based on 1990 and 1995 figures,
and is expressed in square kilometers
lost or gained.
**Since the most recently available information is from 1995,
projecting this to 1999 is difficult at best.
A nominal one percent per
year increase over four years of the growth rate is given for 1999.
example, if the forest cover loss rate is 10 in 1995, the 1999 figure
would be 9.6%.
If current data reporting remains the same, actual 1999
figures would not be available until 2003.
***Information for indicators (b) and (c) are not readily available for
inclusion in the FY 1999 Performance Plan.