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Location Micronesia, Federated States of, Kosrae
Central coordinates 162o 57.24' East  5o 19.37' North
IBA criteria A1, A2
Area 70 ha
Altitude 0 - 400m
Year of IBA assessment 2007





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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ptilinopus porphyraceus resident  present  A2  Not Recognised 
Micronesian Imperial-pigeon Ducula oceanica resident  present  A1, A2  Near Threatened 
Caroline Swiftlet Aerodramus inquietus resident  present  A2  Least Concern 
Micronesian Myzomela Myzomela rubratra resident  present  A2  Least Concern 
Grey-brown White-eye Zosterops cinereus resident  present  A2  Least Concern 
Micronesian Starling Aplonis opaca resident  present  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Yela-Okat Terminalia Swamp/Mangrove Forest Reserve 580 protected area contains site 70  

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

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yela River Watershed. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 26/10/2014

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