Vegetation fires have become a major concern in Africa because of their negative impacts on the environment and on human welfare. Uncontrolled (and un-prescribed) wildfires cause forest and vegetation degradation and related biodiversity loss, resulting in immediate and long-term impacts on the livelihoods of local communities and upstream impacts on national and regional economies. Fires in the tropical environment are a major contributor to tropical forest degradation and, if too frequent, can lead to savannisation of these areas. Vegetation fires are also a significant source of trace gases and aerosols in the atmosphere and contribute to the anticipated climate change, particularly with emissions of CO2. This layer shows the deviation of dekadal fire occurrences from the long-term average of the same 10-day period. A positive anomaly means more fire events than average for the last full 10-day period (red). A negative anomaly means less fire events than average for the last full 10-day period (green).
GOAL 13: Climate action