Mangrove Cover (Government reported)
This indicator shows the trend in loss of mangrove cover area for the years 1980-2005, as well as the average annual percent loss of mangrove cover during 1980-2005, derived from government reports (ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook 2010). The percentages of annual loss of mangrove cover were calculated using mangrove cover in 1980 as a baseline.
By 2020, the rate of loss of all natural habitats, including forests, is at least halved and where feasible brought close to zero, and degradation and fragmentation is significantly reduced.
The annual loss of mangrove cover ranges from 0-100%, with higher values indicating faster loss of mangrove cover. The areas covered by mangrove are presented as baseline in square kilometers, with higher values indicating a greater extent of mangrove cover.
This indicator is available at the country scale for the Lower Mekong region.
The area of mangrove cover is available for 1980 and 2005 as baselines.
The percent loss of mangrove cover is available annually for the years 1980-2005.
The mangrove cover (government reported) indicator is derived from the extent of mangrove coverage in the ASEAN region in 1980 and 2007 provided by the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook (ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, 2010). Mangrove area (km2) was provided by ASEAN member states. We then derived the average annual percent loss of mangrove cover for 1980-2005 for each country. The percentages were calculated using the extent of mangrove cover in 1980 as a baseline.
This indicator is not applicable to landlocked countries such as Lao PDR.
For additional information about the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook, please see here.
Data source that ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook used for mangrove cover information is:
Food and Agriculture Organization. 2007. The World’s Mangroves 1980-2005, FAO Forestry Paper 153. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, 2007. Accessed on 20 April 2010 at http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/a1427e/a1427e00.htm.