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The variety of habitats offered by the three broad vegetation types;  the habitats in the ridges, valleys and plains, the rivers, wetlands and seeps; and the steep variation in altitude in the region adds resilience required to adapt to climate change.

"Many costs associated with changes in biodiversity may be slow to become apparent, may be apparent only at some distance from where the biodiversity changes, or may involve thresholds or changes in stability that are difficult to measure. 

"There is established evidence that reductions in biodiversity reduce ecosystem resilience or the ability of the ecosystem to recover from a secondary influence (which causes change).

"But costs associated with such reductions in resilience may not be apparent for years until a significant perturbation is experiences and the lost ability to recover is manifest."

Read more: Millenium Ecosystem Assessment (www.maweb.org))