Tuesday, 19 July 2011

1325 KI - Phoenix Islands Protected Area (2010)

Brief Description

"The Phoenix Island Protected Area (PIPA) is a 408,250 sq.km expanse of marine and terrestrial habitats in the Southern Pacific Ocean. The property encompasses the Phoenix Island Group, one of three island groups in Kiribati, and is the largest designated Marine Protected Area in the world. PIPA conserves one of the world's largest intact oceanic coral archipelago ecosystems, together with 14 known underwater sea mounts (presumed to be extinct volcanoes) and other deep-sea habitats. The area contains approximately 800 known species of fauna, including about 200 coral species, 500 fish species, 18 marine mammals and 44 bird species. The structure and functioning of PIPA's ecosystems illustrates its pristine nature and importance as a migration route and reservoir. This is the first site in Kiribati to be inscribed on the World Heritage List."


"面积达40万8250平方公里的菲尼克斯群岛保护区,是南太平洋上海洋和陆地生物的栖息地。这一遗产由基里巴斯三座群岛中 的菲尼克斯群岛组成,是世界上最大的指定海洋保护区。保护区内拥有保存完好的海洋珊瑚群岛生态系统,其规模为世界最大之一。此外,区内还包括已知的14座 海底山峰(据推测为死火山)和其他深海栖息地。该地区已知的动物物种有大约800个,其中包括约200种珊瑚,500种鱼类,18种海洋哺乳动物和44种 鸟类。保护区生态系统的结构和功能显示了其原生态的本质,以及作为物种迁移路线与储藏库的重要性。菲尼克斯群岛保护区是基里巴斯首个列入世界遗产名录的遗 址。"

Source UNESCO WH website http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1325

Courtesy of MissDaisy66 from postcrossing forum

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