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Cape Floristic Region landscape

Explore our regions

Africa
- Cape Floristic Region
- Eastern Afromontane
- Eastern Arc & Coastal Forests
- Guinean Forests of West Africa
- Madagascar
- Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany
- Succulent Karoo

Asia-Pacific
- East Melanesian Islands
- Eastern Himalayas
- Indo-Burma
- Mountains of Southwest China
- Philippines
- Polynesia-Micronesia
- Sundaland
- Wallacea​​
- Western Ghats & Sri Lanka

 

Europe & Central Asia
- Caucasus
- Mediterranean Basin

North & Central America
- Caribbean Islands
- Mesoamerica

South America

- Atlantic Forest
- Tropical Andes
- Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena

We focus on biodiversity hotspots, Earth’s most biologically rich and threatened areas.

The 35 biodiversity hotspots hold especially high numbers of unique species, yet their combined area now covers only 2.3 percent of the Earth's land surface. Many encompass priority areas in multiple countries. Each one faces extreme threats and has lost at least 70 percent of its original habitat.

The degradation of critical ecosystems is no less a threat for the estimated 2 billion people who live in these fragile places. Healthy ecosystems provide important services for human well-being, such as clean air and water, flood and climate control, and soil regeneration, as well as food, medicines and raw materials.

To date, our grants have supported civil society in 21 of the 35 biodiversity hotspots.​​

Fast Fact
Rooibos harvest
The hotspots are home to around 2 billion people, many of whom rely directly on healthy ecosystems for their livelihoods and well-being.
See Also
Project database: Summaries of  grants awarded to date, as well as reports and other resources related to individual grants

 

Hotspot Facts
: What is a hotspot?

 

Photos: Cape Floristic Region landscape courtesy C.A.P.E. Coordination Unit; Rooibos harvest © Bettina Koelle