Slide 13: Mopane is more than adequately conserved
This map shows the conservation status of mopane woodland in Southern Africa. The red signifies conservation areas, and is overlaid on the pink of the mopanE vegetation. As can be seen, mopane is exceptionally well conserved in almost all countries, with the possible exception of Angola. The history of mopane conservation probably has more to do with the fact that this vegetation is very unsuitable for human settlement due to malaria infections, tsetse, as well as being in a hot arid area. Conservation in this area is probably more historically linked to its poor agricultural potential rather than its conservation importance.