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Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Target 15.1: By 2030, ensure the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial and inland freshwater ecosystems and their services, in particular forests, wetlands, mountains and drylands, in line with obligations under international agreements.
Indicator 15.1.1: Forest area as a proportion of total land area
|Definition and concepts||
According to the FAO definitions, Forest is defined as: “land spanning more than 0.5 hectares with trees higher than 5 meters and a canopy cover of more than 10 percent, or trees able to reach these thresholds in situ”.
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 meters.
Total land area is the total surface area of a country less the area covered by inland waters, like major rivers and lakes.
Ghana’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Report, 2020
Ghana’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) Report, 2022
Forestry Commission of Ghana (FC)
National Development Planning Committee (NDPC)
Forests fulfil a number of functions that are vital for humanity, including the provision of goods (wood and non-wood forest products) and services such as habitat for biodiversity, carbon
sequestration, coastal protection and soil and water conservation. The availability of accurate data on a district forest area is a key element for forest policy and planning within the context of sustainable development. Changes in forest area reflect the demand for land for other uses and may help identify unsustainable practices in the forestry and agricultural sector.
|Data availability and disaggregation||
There is no available disaggregation for this indicator.
|References and Documentation||
|Metadata last updated||Nov 15, 2022|