It is difficult to control habitat destruction because
people and other organisms compete for the same
More people need more and more space to live
and grow food, therefore destroying habitats.
Most commercial farms practice
monoculture (meaning they only grow
one kind of crop)
Is the most effective method of growing
Most wild animals and indigenous plants
are not suited to live in farmlands
They may be grassy and beautiful but
they have very little biodiversity.
When they are built the original
environment is destroyed.
As South Africa grows so does the
people’s demands for goods and more
factories are built.
Habitats and ecosystems are destroyed
when factories and mines are built.
People cut down indigenous trees to:
-Sell the wood
-Clear land for building/agriculture
-Use wood as an energy source (rural SA)
Def: Is the permanent destruction of
indigenous forests and woodlands.
• The plants and animals that are adapted to their
environment will die out.
• Some species will become extinct
• It will result in a loss in biodiversity
Impact on ecosystems
When invasive alien species increases, the number of
indigenous species within that particular habitat
This leads to less food (plants) for the animals to feed on.
The local food web is then disrupted and some
indigenous plants may become extinct.
The invasive alien species may not be palatable for the
local animals, therefore the animals either die out or
Threats to fynbos
Fynbos is threatened by the increase in
urbanisation and agricultural land.
Many species have such a small area in
which they grow that building a house
may make the species go extinct
Invasive alien plants compete with the
Fynbos and use a lot of water.
Overall what threat to fynbos
The over exploitation of plants may lead
to the extinction of that species and can
have detrimental consequences.