Mexico: land area use 2010-2016, by type

Most of Mexico's land area was occupied by permanent meadows and pastures in 2016. Of a total land area of nearly 2 million square kilometers, 810.49 thousand square kilometers corresponded to this type of land. Forests covered one third of Mexico's land area that year, after a continuous annual decrease in area since 2010.

Land area use in Mexico from 2010 to 2016, by type

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Sources

Release date

2019

Region

Mexico

Survey time period

2010 to 2016

Supplementary notes

The source provides the following definitions:
"Forest refers to land spanning more than 0.5 hectare (0.005 km²) and a canopy cover of more than 10 percent, or trees able to reach these thresholds in situ. This includes land from which forests have been cleared but that will be reforested in the foreseeable future. It excludes woodland or forest predominantly under agricultural or urban land use and used only for recreation purposes.
Permanent meadows and pastures refer to land used for five years or more to grow herbaceous forage crops, either cultivated or growing wild (wild prairie or grazing land).
Arable refers to all land generally under rotation, whether for temporary crops (double-cropped areas are counted only once) or meadows, or left fallow (less than five years). These data are not meant to indicate the amount of land that is potentially cultivable.
Permanent crops are those that occupy land for a long period and do not have to be planted for several years after each harvest (e.g. cocoa, coffee, rubber). Land under vines and trees and shrubs producing fruits, nuts and flowers, such as roses and jasmine, is so classified, as are nurseries (except those for forest trees, which should be classified under "forests and other wooded land").
Other areas include built-up and related land, wet open land, and dry open land, with or without vegetation cover. Areas under inland water bodies (rivers and lakes) are excluded."

The source does not specify the date of publication. The release date given is the last updated date provided by the source.
Figures have been rounded.

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