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Activity 05: Hotspots of Biodiversity worldwide

How to conserve biodiversity hotspots

Objective: Certain possibilities for the conservation of biodiversity hotspots.
Learning outcomes: The learners will gain analytical skills in extracting information from different sources of media and can discuss and comment on possible strategies for the conservation of biodiversity hotspots.
Previous knowledge: Knowing what a biodiversity hotspot is, where they are located worldwide, and advanced knowledge on certain biodiversity hotspots
Duration: 45 min
Materials / Conditions: Internet access, list of biodiversity hotspots worldwide
Methods / Techniques: Internet, analytical skills, group work, research
Learning subject: Biodiversity / Module I: Introduction to biodiversity / Level: Expert learning

There are about 34 different biodiversity hotspots around the world. They all have to have a certain number of different species inherent to them and have to be endangered. With this task the focus from getting to know what a hotspot is and where to find them shifts more towards future development of these hotspots and how to conserve them.

1) Form groups and select a biodiversity hotspot (see material 1, resources).
2) Do internet research and analyse what and how certain species are endangered in your chosen biodiversity hotspot..
3) Think of measures that can be used to conserve the further existence of endangered species in your hotspot. Useful websites are and

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:
– The Philippines contain many endemic species
– The government of the Philippines decided that these species shall be saved and conserved and thus came up with several conservation programs
– Example for conservation programs are: National parks, natural parks, protected land- and seascapes, natural monuments, natural sanctuaries
– Because these programs are ascribed to the government of the Philippines no economic use is drawn from it and these programs only serve as a conservation of the nature of the Philippines

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Author: Adrian Aue

en/learning/courses/subjects/s01/m01/expert-learning/a05.txt · Last modified: 2015/09/21 02:33 by kherrmann