the site encompasses the highest peak of Malaita and the surrounding montane and lowland forest. There are few villages situated inside the proposed area. The boundary extends to include lowland forest adjacent to the Wairaha River, providing a complete transition from low altitude to extreme highland.
A number of montane forest species endemic to Malaita have been recorded here including Rhipidura malaitae, Zosterops stresemanniand Myzomela malaitae. Other species likely to be dependent on high elevation forests include Ducula brenchleyi, Gymnophaps solomonensis, Columba vitiensis, Charmosyna meeki and C. margarethae.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Industrial scale logging.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Malaita Highlands. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 11/08/2020.