CEPF is no longer active in this region.
The Cape Floristic Biodiversity Hotspot is home to the greatest non-tropical concentration of higher plant species in the world. More than 6,200, or 69 percent, of its 9,000 species of plants are unique to this biodiversity hotspot.
Hugging the coastline along the far southwestern tip of the African continent, this 78,555-square-kilometer hotspot lies entirely within South Africa. Given its small size, it is remarkable for containing 3 percent of the world’s plant species. However, only 15,711 square kilometers of the natural vegetation remains intact.
The loss and degradation of biodiversity has serious implications for South Africa's society and economy. Natural ecosystems are responsible for many essential services for people, such as the provision of clean water and air, prevention of soil erosion and pollination of crops. Large portions of the country’s economy are also heavily dependent on natural resources.
The greatest threat to biodiversity in the Cape Floristic Region is agricultural and urban expansion. Agricultural land use has already consumed 26 percent of the region and devastated lowland areas. The invasion of alien species is also an enormous threat.
Our support focuses on the three mega-reserve areas of Cederberg, Gouritz and Baviaanskloof and the last remaining areas of natural vegetation in the lowlands beyond the Agulhas Plain.
WWF-South Africa and the Table Mountain Fund
The Table Mountain Fund is changing the face of conservation in South Africa by building a diverse, skilled and motivated force of young professionals. The placements of these young professionals, have allowed each of them a unique and incredibly valuable opportunity to nurture their talent.