Orona IslandIsland Orona
APIA: PIPA: Fast facts
At 408,250 square kilometres (157,626 square miles), it is one of the biggest ocean reserves in the word and the biggest of its kind in a Least Development Country (LDC). For the first time, Kiribati announced the establishment of PGPA at the 2006 Conference of the Parties to the CBD in Brazil.
Kiribati adopted on 30 January 2008 official rules for maritime protection, more than doubling its initial scope to make it the world' s biggest maritime area. It was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage Site in 2010. This is the world' s biggest and most profound world cultural heritage.
For the Phoenix Island Group, Rawaki, Enderbury, Nikumaroro, McKean, Manra, Birnie, Canton and Orona. In addition, two submarine coral corals, Carondelet and Winslow are included in our dive plan. At low water the Carondelet is only 3 to 4 metres below water level.
There are an estimate that there could be more than 30 mounts within PGPA, although only nine have been mentioned so far. Most of the material consists of the seabed with an average depth of more than 4,000 metres and a peak of 6,147 metres.
The PIPA has received comprehensive press reports from a broad range of different channels. The President of two island countries draw up flight schedules that anticipate sea-level rise" Cosmos Magazine June 2008 "World's Largest Marine Park: Smithsonian Magazine Sept 2008 "Our Imeriled Oceans:
Covering an area of 408,250 square kilometres, these islets and the nearby water bodies are one of the last remaining marine eco-systems of the world's oceans. In addition, it is also protecting important breeding sites for seabirds, along with scarce native flora that have historical and medical value in Kiribati but are now endangered on more populous islets.