Southern African Countries With Limited Forest Growth

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Lesotho lies on a higher elevation and experiences cool temperatures throughout the years, forests cover only 1% of its total land area (44,000 ha). The country lost about 200 ha of forest per year between 1990 and 2010 but gained about 10% during the same period. Lesotho’s lack of forest cover is mainly due to natural factors such as poor soil and climate combined with overreliance on wood for fuel and construction.

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