Jungles & Rainforests in Jamaica

Jungles & Rainforests in Jamaica


FAO reports published in 2010 show that jungles & rainforests in Jamaica cover near about 31.1 percent of the total land which can be described in figures as 337,000 hectares area. Jamaica’s total land area is 1,083,000 hectares. The list classifies nearly 26.1 percent of this forest cover area of Jamaica as primary forest area which becomes around 88,000 hectares. It’s said about Jamaican jungles and rainforests that they consist on most carbon-dense and biodiverse form of forest.


Jungles & rainforests in Jamaica have included 7,000 hectares area as planted forest. Jamaica is also named as Land of Springs and the Land of Wood and Water by the Taino inhabitants of this country. FAO stats consist on reports collected from 1990 to 2010 show that Jamaican forest reserve faced yearly change of 0.12 percent in these two decades, which becomes around 400 hectares. This change is in terms of losing forest cover area. This average yearly forest cover loss in Jamaica cost this nation around 8,000 hectares of 2.3 percent forest reserves as a whole in these two decades.


Rainforests and jungles in Jamaica contain carbon around 48 million metric tons. Jamaican forests are known as biodiversity rich area. There’re more or less 406 so far recorded animal species in these rainforests. The World Conservation Monitoring Centre reports claim that around 21.2 percent animal species are endemic. More or less 10.3 percent species of these Jamaican rainforests are about to extinct because of serious life threats and therefore need to be protected.


It’s said about jungles & rainforests in Jamaica that these precious forests reserves are home to more than 3,300 vascular plant species. IUCN reports claim that Jamaican forest reserves are not under any form of protection. Near around 27.9 percent of their vascular plant species are known as native and endemic. The tropical climate of this island country has supported varied ecosystems with wealth of animals and plants. It’s said about the plant life of Jamaica that it has changed significantly over past some centuries.

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