Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

CountrySouth Africa
UNESCO RegionAfrica
LocationWestern Cape Province, Eastern Cape Province
CoordinatesS34 10 0 E18 22 30
Inscription Date2004
Property (ha)553,000
Buffer Zone (ha)1,315,000
Type of HeritageNatural
CriteriaTo be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial; fresh water; coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals
CriteriaTo contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity; including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation
All ThreatsFire widlfires
All ThreatsInvasive/alien terrestrial species
All ThreatsFinancial resources
Unesco Reference Number1007
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionA serial site – in Cape Province, South Africa – made up of eight protected areas, covering 553,000 ha, the Cape Floral Region is one of the richest areas for plants in the world. It represents less than 0.5% of the area of Africa but is home to nearly 20% of the continent’s flora. The site displays outstanding ecological and biological processes associated with the Fynbos vegetation, which is unique to the Cape Floral Region. The outstanding diversity, density and endemism of the flora are among the highest worldwide. Unique plant reproductive strategies, adaptive to fire, patterns of seed dispersal by insects, as well as patterns of endemism and adaptive radiation found in the flora, are of outstanding value to science.
StatusWorld Heritage Site