The CFK

A male Cape Sugarbird singing from the tops of pin-cushion flowe

Biodiversity importance of the Cape Floristic Kingdom

One of the key values of protected areas is to ensure that the biodiversity of a biome is protected and allowed to function in accordance with natural processes. The Cape Floristic Kingdom is the richest of the world’s six plant kingdoms, proportional to size, and...

African Bee feeding on the nectar of a Felecia echinata flower

Biodiversity Economy of the Cape Floristic Kingdom

Biodiversity in the Cape Floristic Kingdom (CFK) is worth vast amounts to the South African economy. The wild flower industry alone is worth R150 million per annum – 80% of this as foreign exchange. The Cape deciduous fruit industry, that is worth R1 billion per...

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Seabird Islands of the Western Cape:

Critical breeding grounds for African Penguins, Cape Gannets, gulls, cormorants and tern species, the guano islands that lie off the coastline of the Western Cape of South Africa protect seabirds from disturbance and predation from land-based predators. Sadly, the populations of many of these seabirds...

Blouberg Strand and Table Mountain

Habitat Transformation of the Cape Floristic Kingdom

Habitat transformation in the Cape Floristic Kingdom (CFK) has been extreme since the time when Jan van Riebeeck landed in South Africa in 1652. As much as 31% of the CFK has already been completely transformed, with the major threats being agriculture, alien plants, afforestation...