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Protected areas and biodiversity hotspot areas in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region

The Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region is of global importance due to its unique biodiversity, and is home to 4 of 34 global biodiversity hotspots, 6 UNESCO natural World Heritage sites, 30 Ramsar sites, 330 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and 53 Important Plant Areas (IPAs). In total, there are 60 ecoregion types (6 per cent of the world total), of which 30 are critical ecoregions. HKH countries have established roughly 488 protected areas in the region with varying degrees of protection and status, covering 39 per cent of HKH terrestrial land (Chettri et al., 2008; ICIMOD 2009).

Year: 2018

From collection: Graphics from: Outlook on climate change adaptation in the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Cartographer: Nieves López Isquierdo

Tags: Hindu kush

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