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Biodiversity threats

Year: 2011 Author: Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
South Africa is recognised as the third most megadiverse country in the world. The abundance of biodiversity found within its borders covers an estimated ten per cent of the world’s plant species, seven per cent of all bird, six per cent of all mammal, and five per cent of all reptile species found on the planet. Due to various causes ranging from unsustainable land use and farming practices, to invasion by alien species and climate change, South Africa’s ecosystems are under considerable pressure, much of which is directly or indirectly linked to poverty.
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