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

Australia’s eastern forests are on par with those of Brazil. YAZMDG

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.

Eastern forests biodiversity hotspot VAST - ABARES