Pristine Terrestrial Environment
Palau is home to one of the largest undisturbed upland forests in all of Micronesia. In addition, Palau has healthy swamp, limestone, mangrove, and strand forests as well. The forest-covered big island of Babeldaob harbors hundreds of endemic animal and plant species, and is rapidly becoming known as a major archeological hotspot. These forests harbor threatened biological treasures and ancient cultural sites reflecting Palau's traditional social system. These forests are home to endemic birds, amphibians, and reptiles, and a myriad of streams, waterfall, and lakes wind through the island, providing nooks and crannies teeming with native fish.