Slide 8: Study Area
The area considered for this study was the Cape Floristic Region in the Western Cape. A biodiversity priority area is defined as an area with high species richness which is suffering from loss of biodiversity due to land use change and development initiatives. Of all the biodiversity priority areas shown, the CFR has the highest endemicity, and at least in terms of the lowland renosterveld, the highest rate of habitat loss in South Africa. For the purposes of this study, the entire biodiversity of the biome was not considered, but rather 316 species of Proteaceae were used as indicator species, particularly since the effects of climate change on these species have been mapped by Greg Hughes of the South African National Biodiversity Institute.