Slide 12: Once-off costs of acquiring different habitat types
The purchase costs of coastal areas are far and away the highest of all land types, due to the attractiveness of the area for human settlement (most particularly holiday homes). The average cost is over US$ 900 per hectare, which is more than double the purchase costs of the lowland areas that are typically considered prime territory for farming. In comparison, the forest and wet mountain fynbos are relatively cheap to buy, less than 200 and less than 100 US$ per hectare respectively, and both the Karoo and wet mountain fynbos are less than US$50 per hectare. It is important to remember both coastal and lowland areas also have a high alien invasion potential, which means that management and rehabilitation costs fro these areas are considerably higher than for many others - but at the same time, it is these areas that are largely under the greatest threat of complete transformation.