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Biodiversity Hotspot

A Biodiversity Hotspot is:
  • A region that has at least 1,500 species of endemic plants (species that only occur in that region) and that has lost at least 70 percent of its original vegetation.
  • A quarter of vertebrate species are found in hotspots and nowhere else on the earth.
  • The Earth's 34 biodiversity hotspots are home to more than 1.9 billion people, many of whom depend directly on healthy lands for their livelihoods and well-being (
  • South Africa has three of these hotspots: The Cape Floral Kingdom; Succulent Karoo and Maputaland-Pondoland Albany hotspots.
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Posted: 11/12/2008 (4:03:40 PM)

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