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
This video is part of the DVD "Tides of Time, 2011. The crown jewels of the ocean", and it is published as part of the innovative multimedia campaign launched in 2008 by UNESCO, Jaeger-LeCoultre and the International Herald Tribune.
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Credits: Manoel de Oliveira, director. Jaeger-LeCoultre, publisher ; International Herald Tribune, publisher. UNESCO WHC, producer.
Library catalogue (UNESDOC): 219553
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