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Land use Catalonia. Value (hectares)
Forest surface Wood Scrubland Other vegetation Areas without vegetation Cropland Rainfed crops Irrigated crops Urban, urbanisable and infrastructures Total
2018 2,050,635 1,122,391 712,525 215,719 108,271 833,521 562,756 270,765 218,370 3,210,797
2017 2,054,774 1,119,161 715,352 220,261 105,665 830,981 562,319 268,662 217,783 3,209,202
2016 2,054,990 1,119,486 715,777 219,727 104,115 834,159 563,946 270,213 215,939 3,209,203
2015 2,054,521 1,118,963 716,273 219,285 104,461 834,751 568,917 265,834 215,469 3,209,202
2014 2,053,467 1,121,387 714,772 217,308 103,017 838,110 570,830 267,280 214,608 3,209,202
2013 2,060,780 1,137,800 698,403 224,577 100,144 836,736 570,876 265,860 211,545 3,209,205
2012 2,049,909 1,269,357 656,267 124,285 103,941 843,663 579,355 264,308 211,692 3,209,205
2011 2,048,447 1,267,757 651,137 129,553 110,993 840,303 577,290 263,013 209,461 3,209,204
2010 2,051,834 1,251,832 650,319 149,683 112,007 841,842 579,440 262,402 203,521 3,209,204
2009 2,050,580 1,251,872 647,450 151,258 110,817 846,609 586,014 260,595 201,198 3,209,204
2008 2,044,346 1,246,866 650,611 146,869 107,684 857,651 595,398 262,253 199,523 3,209,204
2007 2,038,037 1,231,006 648,144 158,887 111,593 858,744 597,537 261,207 200,836 3,209,210
2006 1,980,586 1,052,985 507,632 419,969 121,496 907,592 644,451 263,141 200,017 3,209,691
2005 1,945,205 995,121 495,612 454,472 149,182 917,032 655,961 261,071 196,926 3,208,345
2004 1,900,506 937,784 472,514 490,208 175,775 921,917 660,149 261,768 209,844 3,208,042
2003 1,895,648 915,046 476,763 503,839 178,315 921,990 663,877 258,113 213,388 3,209,341
2002 1,900,146 914,195 476,018 509,933 175,501 918,801 658,951 259,850 214,817 3,209,265
2001 1,902,856 912,818 478,136 511,902 170,975 927,312 661,200 266,112 207,526 3,208,669
Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food.
Note: In 2018 the information on municipal surfaces was updated with the data provided by the ICGC (Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia) published by Idescat.
Land use Spain. Value (hectares)
Forest surface Areas without vegetation Cropland Urban, urbanisable and infrastructures Total
2018 .. .. .. .. ..
2017 29,320,600 .. 16,862,000 4,413,600 50,596,200
2016 29,337,400 .. 16,985,200 4,271,000 50,593,600
2015 29,265,070 .. 17,033,007 4,295,468 50,593,545
2014 29,089,785 .. 17,187,885 4,315,874 50,593,544
2013 29,003,996 .. 17,132,780 4,417,660 50,554,436
2012 28,543,223 .. 17,539,289 4,511,480 50,593,992
2011 28,975,937 .. 17,081,000 4,593,345 50,650,282
2010 28,964,459 .. 17,221,364 4,374,500 50,560,323
2009 29,120,424 .. 17,216,291 4,226,625 50,563,340
2008 28,942,325 .. 17,270,927 4,347,103 50,560,355
2007 28,789,392 .. 17,396,953 4,371,818 50,558,163
2006 28,762,353 .. 17,578,528 4,219,462 50,560,343
2005 28,437,870 .. 17,844,192 4,278,281 50,560,343
2004 27,631,000 2,059,000 18,644,000 2,205,000 50,539,000
2003 27,646,700 2,110,100 18,664,000 2,102,000 50,522,800
2002 27,647,000 2,110,000 18,664,000 2,102,000 50,523,000
2001 27,202,000 2,120,000 18,895,000 2,133,000 50,350,000
Source: Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment.
Note: A partir del 2005, les "àrees sense vegetació" estan incloses en el sòl "urbà, urbanitzable i infraestructures".
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.

Date published: August 8, 2019.

Methodological note

Research into the general land distribution in Catalonia summarises the data from the 1-T survey on land areas occupied by crop cultivation, carried out annually by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food and Natural Environment in each municipality, with the subsequent aggregation of the data to yield the computation per county and for all of Catalonia.

In 2007 improvements were introduced for the production of these statistics, adding new classification criteria based on geographic information tools (SIGPAC), which particularly impacted the classification what is considered other vegetation, which is now largely redistributed as forest or scrubland, while to a lesser degree it meant less area devoted to cultivation. These changes signify that the data are not necessarily comparable to previous years.

Forest land consists of forested areas, occupied by woods and tree farms; woodlands, occupied by shrubland, thickets, brush, heath, bushes, sub-shrubs and forest/shrubland transitional areas; and areas with other vegetation, such as prairies, pastures, grassland, wetland vegetation and barren pasture.

Crop fields consist of parcels of land planted with annual or multi-year species: arable or woody crops, dry-farmed and irrigated land, and land left fallow.

Areas without vegetation, which include bare soils, rocky outcrops, escarpments, rocky ground, gullies, sand banks and beaches, snowfields, lakes, reservoirs and rivers.

Urban areas and infrastructure correspond to land occupied by cities and towns, low-density urban areas, industrial and commercial areas and road networks.

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