13 Total Protected Areas
2 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 15%
Points 85%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

22.36% Coverage

231km2 Land Area Protected

1,033km2 Total Land Area


8.15% With management effectiveness evaluations

84km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

11.82% Coverage

408,797km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

3,459,130km2 Marine Area Protected


11.8% With management effectiveness evaluations

408,247km2 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. Phoenix Islands Protected Area Updated: 2017 Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development, Kiribati
  2. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme
  3. Protected Areas of Kiribati Updated: 2016 Environment and Conservation Division, Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
  4. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties


National designations

  • Marine Reserve 1
  • Protected Area 1
  • Wildlife Sanctuary 3
  • Bird Reserve 1
  • Closed Area 4
  • Multi/Multiple Use Conservation Area 1

Regional designations


International designations

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

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Kiribati Protected Areas

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