Tongoa - Laika

Country/territory: Vanuatu

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A4ii (2014)
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Area: 3,441 ha

Protection status:

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 high not assessed low
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Site description
Tongoa is one of the Shepherd Islands off the Southeast coast of Epi.  It is of recent volcanic origin, but has no currently active volcano.  The site is centred around the village of Kurumabe, where there is an an active geothermal area that is used by Vanuatu Scrubfowl.  Laika is a small island rising to c40m asl, to the north of Tongoa that is owned, and harvested by the people from Kurumabe village

Key biodiversity
North Tongoa is known for its population of Royal Parrotfinch, and as a high density Vanuatu Scrubfowl egg-laying colony.  Laika is a large Wedge-tailed Shearwater colony.  In addition  small numbers of the pale Vanuatu Flying Fox roost on north Tongoa.  

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Tongoa - Laika. Downloaded from on 27/01/2021.