Partnership with UNESCO

12.06.10

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Protecting endangered ecosystems The Phoenix Islands Protected Area

The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (one of 3 groups of islands comprising Kiribati), includes marine and land habitats extending over 408,250 km2 in the South Pacific. It is the world’s largest protected marine area. A few months ago, it became the first site in the Kiribati islands to be Inscribed in the World Heritage List. The Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA) is one of the planet's last intact coral archipelagos. 14 underwater mountains—probably extinct volcanoes—have been listed there. Its extreme remote location affords the PIPA a unique role in the biogeography of the Pacific. This is a vast protected area, an immense wild space dominated by nature, with only intermittent human presence. The practically unaltered environment boasts deep waters of extraordinary clarity. The site is home to 800 known species of fauna, including 200 species of coral, 500 species of fish, 18 sea mammals and 44 bird species. The area is exceptionally valuable as a natural laboratory for the study and understanding of the ecological and biological processes at work in the evolution and development of Pacific marine systems. Jaeger-LeCoultre invites you to explore the photo and video reports from the Phoenix Islands Protected Area by clicking here. You can also find out about all the marine sites supported under the “Tides of Time”. 2010 marks the third year of the partnership between Jaeger-LeCoultre, the International Herald Tribune and UNESCO. This partnership has already seen the realisation of several ambitious projects: - The promotion of protected sites to raise public awareness; - The recruitment of a co-ordinator for the marine programme implemented by the World Heritage Centre; - The development of a watch specifically for the partnership, the Master Compressor Extreme W-Alarm Tides of Time; - Auctions with the proceeds going to endangered sites; etc. Jaeger-LeCoultre has already held two auctions on its website. All the proceeds (13,540 GBP and 12,600 GBP) have been donated to sites inscribed on the World Heritage List, such as the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park and the Sundarbans National Park. This donation has enabled Tubbataha to purchase a radar system to control traffic in the Park’s waters. Copyright @ Cat Holloway / Phoenix Islands Protected Area