is part of the Succulent Karoo biodiversity
hotspot that stretches along the Atlantic coast
of Africa, from south-western South Africa into
southern Namibia and covers 116,000 square
kilometers of desert.
The area is vulnerable to several land use
pressures, particularly overgrazing on communal
lands, ostrich farming in the southeast, mining
and the illegal collection of plants and animals
for trade. Climate change is expected to have a
serious impact on the region's biodiversity.
The Succulent Karoo Ecosystem Planning (SKEP)
involved more than 60 scientific experts and
over 400 local stakeholders representing
government, academia, nongovernmental
organizations, private sector interests and
local communities. SKEP developed an overarching
framework for biodiversity conservation and
sustainable development in the hotspot.