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It'll take 150 years to map Africa's biodiversity at the current rate. We can't protect what we don't know

By Harith Omar Morgadinho Farooq, Post-doc, University of Copenhagen
Søren Faurby, Senior Lecturer in Zoology, University of Gothenburg
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The African continent is bursting with biodiversity. In a 2016 report, the United Nations Environment Programme wrote:

Africa’s biomes extend from mangroves to deserts, from Mediterranean to tropical forests, from temperate to sub-tropical and montane grasslands and savannas, and even to ice-capped mountains.

About a quarter of the world’s species of plants and animals are found on the continent.

But biodiversity isn’t just beautiful. We need it to survive.…The Conversation

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