120 Total Protected Areas
65 With management effectiveness evaluations
Terrestrial Protected Areas
Marine Protected Areas
Other effective area-based conservation measures
0 Total Other effective area-based conservation measures
Polygons/Points ratio
Polygons 100%
Points 0%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

37.55% Coverage

8,372km2 Land Area Protected

22,298km2 Total Land Area

37% 6th National Report Coverage


35.89% With management effectiveness evaluations

8,003km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

11.02% Coverage

3,994km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

36,250km2 Marine Area Protected

20% 6th National Report Coverage


7.68% With management effectiveness evaluations

2,783km2 Areas Assessed

Disclaimer: These statistics might differ from those reported officially by countries due to difference in methodologies and datasets used to assess protected area coverage and differences in the base maps used to measure terrestrial and marine area of a country or territory.

IUCN Management Categories

Governance types

Sources (4)

  1. Protected Areas of Belize Updated: 2020 National Biodiversity Office
  2. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme
  3. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties
  4. Cartagena Convention Updated: 2017 UNEP-CEP


National designations

  • Marine Reserve 8
  • Nature Reserve 4
  • National Park 18
  • Forest Reserve 18
  • Private Reserve 8
  • Natural Monument 5
  • Wildlife Sanctuary 8
  • Public Reserve 6
  • Archaeological Reserve 16
  • Mangrove Reserve 1
  • Spawning Aggregation Site Reserves 11
  • Nassau Grouper & Species Protection 2
  • Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve 9

Regional designations

  • Specially Protected Area (Cartagena Convention) 3

International designations

  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 1
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 2

Growth in protected area coverage

The graph excludes status years with no information reported (STAT_YR = 0).

Belize Protected Areas

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UNEP-WCMC (2020). Protected Area Profile for Belize from the World Database of Protected Areas, October 2020. Available at: