About 172,000 hectares (6.7%) of Burundi is forested, of this 23.3% (40,000) is classified as primary forest, the most biodiverse and carbon-dense form of forest according to the U.N. FAO.
Burundi had 69,000 ha of planted forest, between 1990 and 2010, Burundi lost an average of 5,850 ha or 2.02% per year. In total, between 1990 and 2010, Burundi lost 40.5% of its forest cover or around 117,000 ha.
Burundi’s forests contain 17 million metric tons of carbon in living forest biomass.
Biodiversity and Protected Areas: Burundi has some 819 known species of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles according to figures from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Of these, 0.7% are endemic, meaning they exist in no other country, and 2.7% are threatened. Burundi is home to at least 2500 species of vascular plants. 0.0% of Burundi is protected under IUCN categories I-V.
The major forests of Burundi include