Last year I read a great deal about the South West corner of this continent... It made me very keen to go and see for myself some of what I was reading... like the fact that 80% of species are said to be found nowhere else in the world. I came across a wonderful book called 'Australian Seeds' which I posted on last year... and so many threads worth following up on.
When researching on this Australian Biodiversity hotspot today I found this overview at Conservation International.
|Home to majestic trees that seem to stretch forever |
and wildlife such as kangaroos, the South West region
is popular with nature enthusiasts including hikers.
THE BIODIVERSITY HOTSPOTS - THE following text is from the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, population and communities.
Read more here.
Conservation International, a nonprofit environmental organisation based in Washington DC, has identified 25 international biodiversity hotspots, including the southwest of Australia.
These international hotspot areas were assessed according to their plant diversity, and had to contain at least 1500 endemic plant species to qualify. All of the regions identified had lost more than 70% of their original habitat.
25 international biodiversity hotspots have been identified. Hotspots have been identified in:
- North and Central America (3 hotspots)
- South America (5 hotspots)
- Europe and Central Asia (2 hotspots)
- Africa (5 hotspots)
- Mainland Asia (3 hotspots)
- Asia-Pacific (7 hotspots - including Southwest Australia)