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Activity 05: Hotspots of Biodiversity worldwide

Biodiversity hotspots worldwide

Objective: Knowing how to describe a biodiversity hotspot and being able to talk about biodiversity hotspots in general.
Learning outcomes: The learners will be able to describe where to find certain biodiversity hotspots. They will also gain advanced knowledge of how a biodiversity hotspots is structured and what kind of different species are found in a biodiversity hotspot. They will also learn how to extract information from different media sources.
Previous knowledge: Knowing where biodiversity hotspots are located worldwide and what a biodiversity hotspot is.
Duration: about 60 min
Materials / Conditions: Internet access and a list of the biodiversity hotspots worldwide
Methods / Techniques: Describing, Presenting, Research, Group/partner work possible
Learning subject: Biodiversity / Module I: Introduction to biodiversity / Level: advanced learining

Within this task the learners will have to choose one of the aforementioned biodiversity hotspots that are located all around the world and will have to do research on the specific hotspot of their choice. After that they will have to present some basic facts about the region they did research on.

1) Choose one of the 34 biodiversity hotspots which are listed in the resources.
2) Use the internet to gather as many facts on the hotspot's region and write them down.
3) Present the most important facts about the region .

List of biodiversity hotspots:
Cape Floristic Region
Coastal forests of eastern Africa
Guinean forests of west Africa
Eastern Afromontane
Horn of Africa
Madagascar and the Indian ocean islands
Succulent Karoo

Asia Pacific:
East Melanesian Islands
Mountains of Southwest China
New Caledonia
Western Ghats and Sri Lanka
Western Australia
New Zealand

Europe/Central Asia:
Mediterranean Basin
Mountains of central Asia

North and Central America:
California Floristic Province
Caribbean Islands
Madrean Pine-Oak woodlands

South America:
Atlantic forest
Chilean Winter Rainfall Valdivian forests
Tropical Andes

source: last access 8.9.2015

Possible results / Results:
For example:
– Madagascar is home to many endemics such as lemurs and fossas.
– There are about 14800 plant species that are solely found on Madagascar
– Madagascar has a surface of 592,800 km² and is the fourth largest island worldwide
– About 90% of the plants and animals found on Madagascar are endemic
– The climate on Madagascar ranges from hot and humid seasons from November to April and cooler arid seasons from May to October
– Madagascar is also named “The Eight Continent” because of its many endemic species

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Author: Adrian Aue

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