Yela River Watershed

Country/territory: Micronesia, Federated States of

IBA criteria met: A1, A2 (2007)
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Area: 609 ha

IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2007 not assessed medium not assessed
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Site description (2007 baseline)
The Yela River Watershed holds one of the finest examples of mature native Terminalia forest found in Micronesia (Engbring et al., 1990) and is the focus of numerous research and conservation programs. The Kosrae Conservation and Safety Organization (KCSO) is active in working towards conservation of the site. Currently it is remote and most easily accessed by boat. The FSM NBSAP (2002) lists Yela-Okat Terminalia/Mangrove area as a potential conservation area. The Micronesia Conservation Trust (MCT, 2007) lists the area as a current conservation area.

Key biodiversity

Non-bird biodiversity: Conservation targets in the watershed include (NBSAP, 2002): • Terminalia Swamp Forest • Mangrove Forests • Kosrae Flying Fox • Low-elevation Broadleaf Forest

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Yela River Watershed. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/yela-river-watershed-iba-micronesia-federated-states-of on 30/09/2023.