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Biodiversity Hotspots

Biodiversity hotspots are the Earth’s most biologically rich—yet heavily threatened—terrestrial regions. These are regions where success in conserving species can have an enormous impact in securing our global biodiversity. To qualify as a biodiversity hotspot, an area must meet two strict criteria: it must contain at least 1,500 species of vascular plants found nowhere else on Earth (known as "endemic" species), and it must have lost at least 70% of its primary native vegetation. 36 regions are identified as hotspots by Conservation International and partners, 9 of which lay (partially or fully) in Africa. This dataset shows their location.

Michael Hoffman, Kellee Koenig, Gill Bunting, Jennifer Costanza, & Williams, Kristen J. (2016). Biodiversity Hotspots (version 2016.1) (Version 2016.1) [Data set]. Zenodo.


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