Fynbos | WWF South Africa

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Better known for being the home of Table Mountain which guards the city of Cape Town day and night, the Cape Floristic Region or the Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest, but richest plant kingdom in the world. It is one of only six plant kingdoms across the globe and home to more than 9000 plant species of which 6200 are found nowhere else in the world.
This region stretches from the Cederberg in the north west, around the Western Cape coast into the Eastern Cape. Its beauty and international importance have given this area, World Heritage status. Its beauty, diversity and importance have given this area, World Heritage status .

Despite its diversity and importance of providing ecosystem services such as water purification, this region has been severely damaged by urban and agricultural development, invasive alien species and too frequent fires. Less than 20% of this region is pristine area which exists in disconnected fragments that cannot maintain the ecological processes required for species survival.

WWF has established a strong partnership with South African National Biodiversity Institute’s (SANBI) Cape Action for People and the Environment (C.A.P.E.) Programme  which provides an umbrella framework and strategy for co-ordinating conservation action.

The The Table Mountain Fund, managed by WWF, also contributes directly to the CAPE strategy. Thanks to TMF, more than 50 projects are currently being implemented.

	© Martin Harvey WWF
© Martin Harvey WWF

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The Cape Floristic Region has World Heritage Status.

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