Biodiverse rainforests

Atewa forest

The biodiverse rainforests of the Atewa Range hold worldwide conservation importance.
Located in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
Tropical rainforests support the greatest diversity of living organisms on Earth.
Although they cover less than 2 percent of Earth’s surface, rainforests house an estimated 50 percent of all life on the planet’s land masses.
No one knows exactly how many species live in the world’s tropical rainforests — estimates range from 3 to 50 million species — rainforests are the undisputed champions of biodiversity among the world’s ecosystems, containing far higher numbers of species on a per-area basis relative to sub-tropical, temperate, and boreal ecosystems. For example, whereas temperate forests are often dominated by a half dozen tree species or fewer that make up 90 percent of the trees in the forest, a tropical rainforest may have more than 480 tree species in a single hectare (2.5 acres).

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