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Table 9.3: Changes in land cover between 1997 (LCDB 1) and 2002 (LCDB 2)

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Land-cover class 1997 area (hectares) Percentage of total land area (%) 2002 area (hectares) Percentage of total land area (%) Change in area (hectares)

Exotic forest

1,822,300

6.79

1,961,800

7.31

139,500

Exotic shrubland

370,900

1.38

363,300

1.35

–7,600

Native forest (including mangroves)

6,485,400

24.18

6,483,100

24.17

–2,300

Native vegetation

5,263,400

19.62

5,248,500

19.57

–14,900

Other native land cover

1,588,400

5.92

1,589,100

5.92

700

Primarily horticulture

413,000

1.54

417,400

1.56

4,500

Primarily pasture

         

High-producing exotic grassland

8,985,200

33.50

8,885,800

33.13

–99,400

Low-producing grassland

1,678,100

6.26

1,652,300

6.16

–25,800

Artificial surfaces

215,000

0.80

220,500

0.82

5,500

Total

26,821,600

100

26,821,600

100

 

Note: Figures rounded to the nearest 100 hectares.

Data source: Ministry for the Environment.