Ecologists around the world fear that the Florida Everglades is in danger of losing its biodiversity.

In 1988, British ecologist Norman Myers identified global areas that are ecologically endangered. Today, these "Hotspots" are used to gather worldwide recognition and funding, including protective legislation and recognition by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Conserving Earth's Biodiversity, 2000; National Park Service, 1999)

The Florida Everglades are included in Conservation International's Global Hotspots. This image was downloaded from their website. The Florida Everglades area was included on the Hotspots list because it is home to many endemic species (species not found anywhere else on the planet) and because it's lost more than 70% of its original vegetation.(Conservation International, 2002)

Since the Global Hotspots were developed, many other environmentally-oriented groups have followed by identifying areas they see as critical. The Florida Everglades shows up on the most popular endangered areas lists, including UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list and the World Wildlife Fund's Global 200, which identifies the most biodiverse areas in each global biome. (National Park Service, 1999; World Wildlife Fund, 1998)

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