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Regional Overview of Caribbean Islands
TABLE 40. AREAS OF NATURAL FOREST IN THE CARIBBEAN
Area of forest (000s ha) Total Area (000s % of total land (see Table 38)
Country
Broadleaved 1980
Conifer* 1980
ha)
1980
1920s
1970s
1980
Antigua and Barbuda 9 - 9 - - 20.5
Bahamas (including Turks and Caicos) 40 283 323 ?13 ?28 30.9
Cuba 1255 200 1455 46 14 13.1
Dominica 41 - 41 - - 54.6
Dominican Republic 444 185 629 77 23 13.0
Grenada 5 - 5 - - 14.5
Guadeloupe 89 - 89 ?12 ?38 52.2
Haiti 36 12 48 60 7 1.7
Jamaica 67 - 67 30 ?45 6.2
Martinique [3.2] - [3.2] - ?26 [2.9]
Montserrat 3 - 3 - - 30.6
Puerto Rico 246 - 246 ?20 ?17 27.6
St Kitts-Nevis 5 - 5 - - 19.2
St Lucia 8 - 8 - - 13.0
St Vincent 12 - 12 - - 30.8
Trinidad and Tobago 208 - 208 59 46 43.0
U.K. Virgin Islands 3 - 3 - - 22.7
U.S. Virgin Islands [3] - [3] - - [8.5]
Totals 2524 680 3204     13.4
             
Notes:
1 Data for 1980 principally from FAO document FO:MISC/88/7. That publication lacks figures for Martinique and the U.S. Virgin Islands for which estimates [ ] have been entered from other sources.
2 Data for 1920s from Zon and Sparhawk (1923); for 1970s from Persson (1974). Entries marked with "?" show trends inconsistent with the usual expectation of shrinkage of natural forest; perhaps other measurement criteria were applied.
* Natural forests of pine exist only in Bahamas, Cuba and Hispaniola.