Note: This is the 1997 edition of UNEP's Global Environment Outlook. If you are interested in more recent information, please see the 2000 and 2002 editions.

Figure 2.22. Loss of cropland in selected West Asian countries, 1981-83 and 1991-93.

UN (1994a).
Cropland includes land under temporary and permanent crops, temporary meadows, market and kitchen gardens, and temporary fallow. Permanent crops are those that do not need to be replanted after each harvest, such as cocoa, coffee, fruit, rubber, and vines. It excludes land used to grow trees for wood or timber.