FSM005
Salapwuk


Year of compilation: 2007

Site description
The proposed Salapwuk Valley IBA is a volcanic bowl near the center of the island, and is revered as the home of the first Pohnpeians (TNC, 2001). The site is still protected under traditional authorities. The entire valley is covered by unbroken native forests, including broadleaf and palm forests in the lower areas, and cloud forest at higher altitudes. Nearly all of Pohnpei's some 120 endemic plant, bird and fish species make it their home.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Nearly all of Pohnpei's some 120 endemic plant, bird and fish species make it their home. Conservation targets include (TNC, 2003): • Pohnpei Flying Fox • Montane Cloud Forest • Mixed Broadleaf Forest • Ivory Nut Palm Forest



Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Traditional authority has declined, and villagers from outside of the area have encroached on the valley and cleared the area for Sakau plantations. The upper part of the proposed IBA is part of the Forest Watershed Reserve (IBA 1), and as a part of the larger reserve, it does not have much support from the municipality. As a stand-alone area, it is expected to receive more conservation support.

Protected areas
The site is protected under traditional authorities.

Habitat and land use
The entire valley is covered by unbroken native forests, including broadleaf and palm forests in the lower areas, and cloud forest at higher altitudes. Habitats include (TNC, 2003): • Montane Cloud Forest • Mixed Broadleaf Forest • Ivory Nut Palm Forest


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Salapwuk. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 15/12/2019.