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Forests of eastern Australia are the world’s newest biodiversity hotspot

Updated: Apr 4, 2023

Forests of eastern Australia are the world’s newest biodiversity hotspot Published: November 4, 2011 2.20pm AEDT


"If you live in eastern Australia there’s a good chance you’re one of nine million Australians who call the world’s newest biodiversity hotspot home.


In a recent publication, “Forests of East Australia: The 35th Biodiversity Hotspot” a team of researchers from CSIRO working with Conservation International documented their analysis of the fauna and flora in two of Australia’s World Wildlife Fund Ecoregions.


The team found that these diverse and unique coastal forests - that stretch from just south of Sydney to north of Cairns - more than qualify to be included as part of an elite global club.


The team found that these diverse and unique coastal forests - that stretch from just south of Sydney to north of Cairns - more than qualify to be included as part of an elite global club.


Being formally recognised as a hotspot acknowledges something that many of us already know: we live in one of the most biologically diverse regions on Earth."



Walking track through Coastal Cypress rainforest, Earth Learning Inc
Coastal Cypress rainforest, Earth Learning Inc.

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