Dominican Republic

147 Total Protected Areas
35 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 97%
Points 3%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

26.24% Coverage

12,727km2 Land Area Protected

48,510km2 Total Land Area

26% 6th National Report Coverage


14.75% With management effectiveness evaluations

7,154km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

17.96% Coverage

48,625km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

270,774km2 Marine Area Protected

10% 6th National Report Coverage


0.54% With management effectiveness evaluations

1,471km2 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 the Dominican Republic Updated: 2018 Ministry of Environment (MoE), Dominican Republic
  2. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties
  3. Cartagena Convention Updated: 2017 UNEP-CEP
  4. UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserves Updated: 2003 UNESCO-MAB


National designations

  • National Park 29
  • Biological Reserve 2
  • Forest Reserve 15
  • Natural Monument 28
  • Wildlife Refuge 28
  • Marine National Park 2
  • Scientific Reserve 8
  • National Recreation Area 7
  • Marine Sanctuary 2
  • Ecological Corridor 3
  • Marine Mammal Sanctuary 3
  • Via Panoramica 10
  • Special Protection Area 1

Regional designations

  • Specially Protected Area (Cartagena Convention) 4

International designations

  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 1
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 4

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Dominican Republic Protected Areas

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