North Indomalayan Deserts & Scrub Forest (IM4) | One Earth

North Indomalayan Deserts & Scrub Forest bioregion

The bioregion’s land area is provided in units of 1,000 hectares. The protection goal is the combined Global Safety Net (GSN1) areas for the component ecoregions. The protection level indicates the percentage of the GSN goal that is currently protected on a scale of 0-10. N/A means data is not available at this time.

  • 77,908
    Total Land Area (1000 ha)
  • 5
    Number of Ecoregions
  • 13%
    Protection Target
  • 10
    Protection Level

The North Indomalayan Desert & Scrub Forest bioregion is located in the northwest of the Indian Subcontinent subrealm in Indomalaya and contains five terrestrial ecoregions – Indus Valley Desert [1], Aravalli West Thorn Scrub Forests [2], Thar Desert [3], Rann of Kutch Seasonal Salt Marsh [4], Indus River Delta-Arabian Sea Mangroves [5] – (320) totaling nearly 78 million hectares of land area, not including the Indus River Delta-Arabian Sea Mangroves and adjoining marine areas. The bioregion is dominated by the drylands and deserts of the Indus River and Luni River valleys. Though a harsh, desolate environment, the seasonal salt flats spanning surrounding  the Gulf of Kutch provide refuge for the endangered Asiatic wild ass and support the one of the world's largest breeding colonies of flamingos.

The North Indomalayan Deserts & Scrub Forest bioregion is part of the Indian Subcontinent subrealm and is made up of five ecoregions: Indus Valley Desert [1], Aravalli West Thorn Scrub Forests [2], Thar Desert [3], Rann of Kutch Seasonal Salt Marsh [4], Indus River Delta-Arabian Sea Mangroves [5].

One Earth is dedicated to mobilizing philanthropic capital to protect the ecosystems and peoples of ​Indomalaya. Visit the Project Marketplace​ ​to explore projects in this realm that need your support. Learn more about each of the ​North Indomalayan Deserts & Scrub Forest ecoregions below.

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