Niue now a whole coun­try Dark Sky Place

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

Niue is the world’s first whole coun­try to be­come a Dark Sky Place. It has re­ceived for­mal ac­cred­i­ta­tion from the In­ter­na­tional Dark-Sky As­so­ci­a­tion (IDA) as an In­ter­na­tional Dark Sky Sanc­tu­ary and In­ter­na­tional Dark Sky Com­mu­nity, thus cov­er­ing the whole coun­try with Dark Sky pro­tec­tion and recog­ni­tion and deem­ing it a ‘dark sky na­tion’. Niue now has for­mal pro­tec­tion for its sky, land and sea with the IDA In­ter­na­tional Dark Sky des­ig­na­tions ad­ding to its ex­ist­ing marine re­serve that en­com­passes 40% of Niue’s ex­clu­sive eco­nomic zone and the Hu­valu For­est Con­ser­va­tion Area which con­tains some of the most threat­ened flora and fauna in the world.

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