FSM008
Yela River Watershed


Country/territory: Micronesia, Federated States of

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 (2007)
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Area: 609 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
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 (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yela River Watershed. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 30/11/2021.