Biodiversity hotspot

Natural WHS located within a biodiversity hotspot.

"To qualify as a biodiversity hotspot on Myers 2000 edition of the hotspot-map, a region must meet two strict criteria: it must contain at least 0.5% or 1,500 species of vascular plants as endemics, and it has to have lost at least 70% of its primary vegetation". See Biodiversity hotspot.

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Connected Sites

Aldabra Atoll: Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands
Blue and John Crow Mountains: Caribbean Islands
Calakmul: Mesoamerica
Cape Floral Region: Cape Floristic Region
Central Highlands: Sri Lanka / Western Ghats
Chitwan National Park: Eastern Himalaya, Nepal
Coiba National Park: Mesoamerica
Darien National Park: Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena
Discovery Coast: Atlantic Forest
Donana National Park: Mediterranean Basin
Dong Phayayen: Indo-Burma, India and Myanmar
East Rennell: East Melanesian Islands
Galapagos Islands: Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena
Garajonay: Mediterranean Basin
Great Himalayan National Park: Eastern Himalaya, Nepal
Guanacaste: Mesoamerica
Gulf of Porto: Mediterranean Basin
Gunung Mulu: Sundaland
Göreme NP: Irano-Anatolian
Ha Long Bay: Indo-Burma, India and Myanmar
Hawaii Volcanoes: Polynesia-Micronesia
Henderson Island: Polynesia-Micronesia
Huanglong: Mountains of Southwest China
Huascaran National Park: Tropical Andes
Ibiza: Mediterranean Basin
Ichkeul National Park: Mediterranean Basin
Isole Eolie: Mediterranean Basin
Jiuzhaigou Valley: Mountains of Southwest China
Kaziranga National Park: Eastern Himalaya, Nepal
Khangchendzonga National Park: Eastern Himalaya, Nepal
Kilimanjaro National Park: Eastern Afromontane
Kinabalu Park: Sundaland
Lake Malawi: Eastern Afromontane
Laurisilva of Madeira: Mediterranean Basin
Los Katios National Park: Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena
Machu Picchu: Tropical Andes
Macquarie Island: New Zealand
Maloti Drakensberg: Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany
Malpelo: Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary: Eastern Himalaya, Nepal
Meteora: Mediterranean Basin
Morne Trois Pitons: Caribbean Islands
Mount Athos: Mediterranean Basin
Mount Emei, including Leshan Giant Buddha: Mountains of Southwest China
Mount Etna: Mediterranean Basin
Mount Hamiguitan: Philippines
Mount Kenya: Eastern Afromontane
Mount Nimba: Guinean Forests of West Africa
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers: Eastern Himalaya, Nepal
Ngorongoro: Eastern Afromontane
Papahanaumokuakea: Polynesia-Micronesia
Phoenix Islands: Polynesia-Micronesia
Phong Nha - Ke Bang: Indo-Burma, India and Myanmar
Pitons Management Area: Caribbean Islands
Pitons of Reunion: Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands
Rainforests of the Atsinanana: Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands
Redwood: California Floristic Province
Rio Abiseo National Park: Tropical Andes
Rock Islands: Polynesia-Micronesia
Rwenzori Mountains: Eastern Afromontane
Sagarmatha National Park: Eastern Himalaya, Nepal
Sangay National Park: Tropical Andes
Shiretoko: Japan
Sian Ka'an: Mesoamerica
Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries: Mountains of Southwest China
Simien National Park: Horn of Africa
Sinharaja Forest: Sri Lanka / Western Ghats
Skocjan Caves: Mediterranean Basin
Socotra Archipelago: Horn of Africa
Tajik National Park: Mountains of Central Asia
Taï National Park: Guinean Forests of West Africa
Te Wahipounamu: New Zealand
Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley: the Valley is noted as a global biodiversity hotspot (AB ev)
Teide National Park: Mediterranean Basin
Thungyai-Huai Kha Khaeng: Indo-Burma, India and Myanmar
Tikal National Park: Mesoamerica
Trang An: Indo-Burma, India and Myanmar
Trang An: Indo-Burma, India and Myanmar
Tsingy de Bemaraha: Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands
Tubbataha Reefs: Philippines
Vallée de Mai: Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands
Western Ghats: Sri Lanka / Western Ghats
Western Tien-Shan: Mountains of Central Asia
Xinjiang Tianshan: Mountains of Central Asia
Xinjiang Tianshan: Mountains of Central Asia
Yakushima: Japan
iSimangaliso Wetland Park: Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany

Map of Biodiversity hotspot


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  • Mixed
  • Tentative


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