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Biomes protection levels

Biomes are distinct biological communities (collection of plants and animals) that have formed in response to a shared physical climate. The 11 major terrestrial biomes found in Africa (out of 14 worldwide) are partially covered by Protected Areas. This map shows the percentage of areas protected in each of the terrestrial biomes. For example: in 2020, 12,3% of montane grasslands and shrublands in Africa were covered by Protected Areas.

Map and statistics developed by Battistella, L. (European Commission - Joint Research Centre) using Olson, D. M., et al. (2001). Terrestrial ecoregions of the world: a new map of life on Earth. Bioscience 51(11):933-938 and The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), June 2020.


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