Wolouna, Ahnd Atoll

Country/territory: Micronesia, Federated States of

IBA Criteria met: A4i (2007)
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Area: 7 ha

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2007 medium not assessed not assessed
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Site description
Wolouna islet is one of the islets in Ahnd Atoll, somewhat removed from other islets. The islet is privately owned and protected by the landowner. The entire Ahnd Atoll is listed as a potential conservation area in the FSM NBSAP (2002). The Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT, 2007) lists the terrestrial areas of Ahnd Atoll as current conservation areas. The area has also been the subject of a Feasibility Study as part of the Pacific Invasives Initiative (ISSG, 2007). Rat eradication may occur after local capacity has been built.

Key biodiversity
The population of Black Noddies is estimated at over 15,000 individuals, with at least two records of 6,000 nests. Engbring et al. (1990) noted that at least 7 of Pohnpei’s 11 resident seabirds nest on Wolouna, and of those, five are known to nest solely on Wolouna.

Non-bird biodiversity: Conservation targets (NBSAP, 2002) include: • Coconut Crab • Pacific Hawksbill Turtle • Pohnpei Flying Fox

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wolouna, Ahnd Atoll. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/03/2023.