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Pohnpei Watershed Forest Reserve


Year of compilation: 2007

Site description
The proposed Pohnpei Watershed Forest Reserve IBA is contiguous with the Pohnpei Watershed Forest Reserve. The Reserve is legislated under the 1987 Pohnpei Watershed and Mangrove Act (CSP, 2007). Much of the boundary has been delineated and monitoring takes place in ecologically sensitive areas of the watershed. Conservation activities to lesson intrusion into the watershed, particularly by agroforestry, are also undertaken. The Conservation Society of Pohnpei is working with the State Invasive Species Task force to eradicate invasive species.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: The FSM NBSAP (2002) lists the area as containing a number of conservation targets, including: • Pohnpei Island Skink • Pacific Sheath-tailed Bat • Pohnpei Flying Fox • Musa tikap



Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Clearing and habitat removal (usually for agroforestry) remain threats, but are declining with increasing conservation activity (CSP, 2007). Rats have been suspected in the decline of the Pohnpei Mountain Starling, which may be extinct or nearing extinction. Other invasive species may pose a problem.

Conservation responses/actions for key biodiversity
Conservation activities to lessen intrusion into the watershed, particularly by agroforestry, are also undertaken. The Conservation Society of Pohnpei is working with the State Invasive Species Task force to eradicate invasive species.

Protected areas
The proposed Pohnpei Watershed Forest Reserve IBA is contiguous with the Pohnpei Watershed Forest Reserve. The Reserve is legislated under the 1987 Pohnpei Watershed and Mangrove Act (CSP, 2007).

Habitat and land use
The FSM NBSAP (2002) lists the area as containing a number of conservation targets, including: • Montane Cloud Forests • Upland Broadleaf Forest • Low-Elevation Broadleaf Forest • Clinostigma Palm Forest • Ivory Nut Palm Forest • Fern/Sedge Savanna, Montane Perched Freshwater Swamp


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pohnpei Watershed Forest Reserve. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/12/2022.