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Uploaded on Wednesday 01 Feb 2012
South Africa biomes
Riccardo Pravettoni, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
South Africa is blessed with a rich abundance of biodiversity and a wide range of ecosystems and biomes. Among them are the wetland ecosystems, which occupy approximately seven per cent of South Africa’s total land area. Wetlands are regarded as one of the most productive ecosystems because of all the ecosystem services they provide. But the country’s wetlands are under pressure from
both natural and human threats and approximately sixty per cent of all wetlands have already been destroyed or degraded, leading to a decrease in services provided.