Friday, June 21, 2013

Phoenix Islands, Outer Islands - KIRIBATI - UNESCO #1325

My friend Hugh spent some time with a NGO in the remote islands of Kiribati. I asked for a postcard showing the Phoenix Islands (the UNESCO site) but he couldn't find any - they're almost inaccessible and tourist structures in Kiribati are just starting. He send me a postcard issued by the  Kiribati government with a picture from a sweet little girl in the Outer Islands (a group that includes Phoenix Islands) and a sentence so amazing I think I'm going to make a T-Shirt with it... Thanks a lot Hugh and congratulations for your project - thanks to you I now have a rare postcard written, stamped and sent from Kiribati! I'm going to put it in the UNESCO collection as well, so I now have 58 sites (and a new country complete!), 904 to go. This postcard took 29 days to arrive!

UNESCO #1325 - Phoenix Islands - KIRIBATI

Kiribati is an island nation in the central tropical Pacific Ocean. The permanent population is just over 100,000 on 800 square kilometres. The nation is composed of 32 atolls and one raised coral island, i.e. Banaba, dispersed over 3.5 million square kilometers. Beyond Tarawa (Kiribati capital), packaged Western products are a rarity and life is more relaxed. People live off fish and coconuts, and occasionally earn revenue by selling copra abroad. Women sit by thatched huts weaving pandanus or salting clams to send to Tarawa. People don't have much, and they share what they do have.

The Phoenix Island Protected Area (PIPA) is a 408,250 expanse of marine and terrestrial habitats in the Southern Pacific Ocean. The property encompasses the Phoenix Island Group, part of the Outer Islands, one of three island groups in Kiribati, and is the largest designated Marine Protected Area in the world.

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