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Terrestrial Priority Ecoregions

A global strategy to conserve biodiversity must aim to protect representative examples of all of the world’s ecosystems, as well as those areas that contain exceptional concentrations of species and endemics. The WWF’s Global 200 project analysed global patterns of biodiversity to identify a set of the Earth's terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecoregions that harbour exceptional biodiversity and are representative of its ecosystems. The process yielded 238 ecoregions (the Global 200) comprised of 142 terrestrial, 53 freshwater, and 43 marine priority ecoregions. The map shows their location on the African continent. Effective conservation in these ecoregions would help conserve the most outstanding and representative habitats for biodiversity on this planet.

Olson, D. M., Dinerstein, E. 2002. The Global 200: Priority ecoregions for global conservation. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 89(2):199-224.


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