Succulent Karoo Biome

Important Values: The Succulent Karoo, which consists primarily of winter rainfall desert, is one of only two desert biodiversity hotspots in the world. For an arid region, it has extraordinarily high plant diversity and endemism, including the world’s richest succulent flora. Some 40 percent of the 6,356 plant species occur nowhere else on the planet.

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Location and Area: The Succulent Karoo biome extends across a wide swathe of South Africa and Namibia, covering some 116,000km2.  A suitable representative network of priority areas is being identified for a serial world heritage listing, which is likely to include some existing national parks (see map).

Inscription Status:  The Succulent Karoo is included on South Africa’s Tentative List (2015).
https://www.africanworldheritagesites.org/natural-places/potential-new-african-world-heritage-sites/succulent-karoo-namibia-south-africa.html

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Revel in the visual splendour of the Namibian portion of the Succulent Karoo Biome, one of the world’s biodiversity hot spots. Learn about one of Namibia’s newest National Parks — The Sperrgebiet (meaning ‘prohibited area’), and discover some of the special plants that thrive in the extreme heat, sand and wind of the Namib Desert.

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