Cape Floral Region Protected Areas (2004)
South Africa

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A serial site - in Cape Province, South Africa - made up of eight protected areas, covering 553,000-ha. The Cape Floral Region is one of the richest areas for plants in the world. It represents less than 0.5% of the area of Africa but is home to nearly 20% of the continentís flora. The site displays outstanding ecological and biological processes associated with the Fynbos vegetation, which is unique to the Cape Floral Region. The outstanding diversity, density and endemism of the flora are among the highest worldwide. 

South Africa 1975. Spectacular view of the Table Mountain in the Cape Province.†

Unique plant reproductive strategies, adaptive to fire, patterns of seed dispersal by insects, as well as patterns of endemism and adaptive radiation found in the flora are of outstanding value to science. 
  • South Africa 1975. Spectacular view of the Table Mountain in the Cape Province. 
South Africa 2004.†Three floral stamps from the Cape Floral Region. The stamps are NVI [No Value Indicated], and intended as international air mail rate small letters.  Stamp #1 of three. South Africa 2004.†Three floral stamps from the Cape Floral Region. The stamps are NVI [No Value Indicated], and intended as international air mail rate small letters.  Stamp #2 of three. South Africa 2004.†Three floral stamps from the Cape Floral Region. The stamps are NVI [No Value Indicated], and intended as international air mail rate small letters.  Stamp #3 of three.

In its justification for inscription the UNESCO states that the Cape Floral Region is considered of outstanding universal value for representing ongoing ecological and biological processes associated with the evolution of the unique Fynbos biome. These processes are represented generally within the Cape Floral Region and captured in the eight protected areas.

Other World Heritage Sites in South Africa (on this site). Inactive links are not described on postage stamps. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, South Africa section, for further information on the individual properties. 

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