Conservation Agreement Fund

A U.S. based non-profit protecting some of the most important conservation resources on the planet

Kiribati


PHOENIX ISLANDS PROTECTED AREA (PIPA)

Republic of Kiribati (pronounced KIRR-i-bas)

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Recently, the Conservation Agreement Fund began its second major marine initiative partnering with Conservation International and the New England Aquarium to support the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, one of the world’s largest and most important marine reserves, encompassing untouched ocean and coral atolls in the South Pacific nation of Kiribati (pronounced KIRR-i-bas).

Through an agreement with the government of Kiribati, CAF will be helping fund the protection and management of this reserve.

Nestled in a remote area in the South Pacific, halfway between Hawaii and Fiji, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area is one of the world’s last intact coral archipelago ecosystems. Surveys in 2000 and 2003 pronounced the coral reef and bird populations of the islands as unique and virtually untouched by man.

In declaring the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in 2006, the Government of Kiribati entered into a conservation contract with its partners. Kiribati protects the area – limiting industrial fishing and controlling development of the region’s atolls – and in return receives support for management and is compensated for lost revenue from fishing licenses through payments from an endowed trust. Under this arrangement conservation has, for the first time, become a realistic alternative to more conventional sources of economic development. The Conservation Agreement Fund is joining with its partners to directly channel support to the Government and people of Kiribati for the protection of this amazing site.

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