FSM016
Yap Island


Country/territory: Micronesia, Federated States of

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 (2012)
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Area: 5,438 ha

Protection status:

Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2012 medium very unfavourable negligible
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Site description
Yap Island houses the airport and the main administrative center of Colonia. However, the population is around 6,000 and sparsely settled. Parts of the IBA are listed as potential conservation areas by the FSM NBSAP (2002) and as a current conservation area by the Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT, 2007).

Key biodiversity
Engbring et al. (1990) wrote that the wetlands on the island were of particular importance as sites for species of local concern and migratory birds.

Non-bird biodiversity: Conservation targets in the area include (NBSAP, 2002): • Mangrove Forests • High Island Nearshore Marine • Upland Broadleaf Forest • Yap Flying Fox


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yap Island. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/04/2020.