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DEAT-SOE database, accessed in December 2010.
Uploaded on Wednesday 01 Feb 2012
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.