Category: Henderson.

Henderson Island

Brief Description

Henderson Island, which lies in the eastern South Pacific, is one of the few atolls in the world whose ecology has been practically untouched by a human presence. Its isolated location provides the ideal context for studying the dynamics of insular evolution and natural selection. It is particularly notable for the 10 plants and four land birds that are endemic to the island.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Date of Inscription: 1988
Criteria: (vii)(x)
Property : 3700.0000 ha
Pitcairn Island group
S24 22 W128 20
Ref: 487

GPS Coordinates: S24 22 W128 20

Management Information

Alternative Site Name:
Site code: 299
Total Size of Protected Area: 3730
Size of Marine Protected Area: 0
Status: Designated – unofficially declared – active
Protection: no – de facto protection from its isolation & various restrictions on possession, occupation & transference of lands applied under the Lands & Administration of Estates Ordinance
Year of Creation: 1988
Agency: Pitcairn Island Council
Management: No staff, no active management, receives defacto protection from its isolation. The UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee has recently commissioned the production of a draft management plan for the site
Contact: Pitcairn Island Council
Protected Area Development: ecotourism
Weblink: : : map –
IUCN Category:
Tenure: State
National Designate: WHA
General Designate: NP

Geospatial Information
Country: Pitcairn
Island/Atoll: Henderson Island
Province: Southeastern Polynesian
Location: Largest island of the Pitcairn group & one of the remotest groups of islands in the South Pacific. Island is located 200km east-north-east of Pitcairn Island
Latitude: -24.366667
Longitude: -128.3167
Boundary Points:
Minimum Altitude: 0

Biological Information
Biophysical Info: Raised coral atoll with slight depression in centre, 15m coastal cliffs, generally undercut, karstic surface with steep-sided pits & jagged limestone pinnacles around margin.11 vegetation communities present.
Environmental Type: T
Threats: Lack of active management, Polynesian rat (Rattus exulans)
Maximum Altitude: 33

Category: Henderson
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