Central Indian Ocean Islands (IM1) | One Earth

Central Indian Ocean Islands bioregion

The bioregion’s land area is provided in units of 1,000 hectares. The protection goal is the combined Global Safety Net (GSN1) areas for the component ecoregions. The protection level indicates the percentage of the GSN goal that is currently protected on a scale of 0-10. N/A means data is not available at this time.

  • 55
    Total Land Area (1000 ha)
  • 1
    Number of Ecoregions
  • 33%
    Protection Target
  • 4
    Protection Level

The Central Indian Ocean Islands bioregion is part of the Indian Subcontinent subrealm within Indomalaya. It contains one ecoregion — Maldives-Lakshadweep-Chagos Archipelago Tropical Moist Forests [1] —totaling approximately 55 thousand hectares of land area and consisting primarily of the marine areas surrounding the Maldives, Lakshadweep and Chagos -- three volcanic island groups in the Indian Ocean that together form a vast underwater mountain range, the Chagos-Laccadive Plateau. Known mostly for its biodiverse coral reef system, the islands themselves provide critical habitat for seabirds and turtles. 

The Central Indian Ocean Islands bioregion is part of the Indian Subcontinent subrealm and is made up of one ecoregion: Maldives-Lakshadweep-Chagos Archipelago Tropical Moist Forests [1].

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