Natural forest formations

Benin

 

Forest cover map

Some type of arboreal vegetation covers about 65% of the country. Productivity of most such stands ­ essentially savannah scattered sparsely with trees ­ is low. Significant forests, including gallery forests, cover only a small part of the country's area. However, there are large stretches of relatively closed mixed forest and grassland ("open forest" and "savannah woodland"), which at present constitute the largest reserves of arable land and wood.

The above map is an extract from the Global Forest Cover map produced as part of FRA 2000. Please refer to FRA Working Paper 19 for a background to the production of the map.

The designations employed and the presentation of material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.

Map source: Global Forest Resources Assessment 2000, base map: ESRI

last updated:  Wednesday, December 14, 2011