Phoenix Islands protected area

Phoenix Islands protected area

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
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Dates / Project duration

January 2013 - December 2014 / 2 years

Field of action :

Increase knowledge of biodiversity

Branch :


Location :

Phoenix Islands, Republic of Kiribati

Project sponsor(s) :

New England Aquarium Corporation



The project involves the exploration of the distant reefs of the Phoenix Islands protected area (PIPA), which provides an unprecedented opportunity to analyse climate change and its effects on the biodiversity of the coral reefs in the absence of local human influence.

The expedition organised in June 2012 marks the beginning of 10 years of research. The project consists of analysing samples and data collected during the expedition, in order to gain a better understanding of coral bleaching.

These results are then to be publicised.