Ghana forest information and data
According to the UN FAO, 21.7% or about 4,940,000 ha of Ghana is forested. Of these, 8.0% (395,000) are classified as primary forest, the most biodiverse and carbon-rich form of forest. Ghana has 260,000 ha of planted forest.
Change in forest cover: Between 1990 and 2010, Ghana lost an average of 125,400 ha or 1.68% per year. Overall, Ghana lost 33.7% of its forest area between 1990 and 2010, which is around 2,508,000 ha.
Ghana's forests contain 381 million tonnes of carbon in living forest biomass. Biodiversity and Protected Areas: According to the World Conservation Monitoring Center, there are about 1185 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles in Ghana. Of these, 0.8% are endemic, meaning they are not found in any other country, and 3.0% are threatened. Ghana is home to at least 3725 species of vascular plants, 1.2% of which are endemic. 4.6% of Ghana's area is protected under IUCN Categories IV.