333 Total Protected Areas
9 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

30.64% Coverage

100km2 Land Area Protected

325km2 Total Land Area

13% 5th National Report Coverage


0.97% With management effectiveness evaluations

3km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

7.44% Coverage

4,147km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

55,697km2 Marine Area Protected


0.0% With management effectiveness evaluations

0km2 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 (3)

  1. Common Database on Designated Areas as provided by the European Environment Agency (EEA) Updated: 2020 European Environment Agency (EEA)
  2. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties
  3. Natura 2000 Updated: 2020 Directorate-General for Environment (EU) via EEA


National designations

  • National Park 1
  • Bird Sanctuary 26
  • Area Of Ecological Importance/Site Of Scientific Importance 42
  • Area Of Ecological Importance 24
  • Site Of Scientific Importance 10
  • No Berthing Zone/No Entry Zone Except For Fisheries 1
  • List Of Historical Trees Having An Antiquarian Importance 6
  • Nature Reserve (Filfla) 1
  • Nature Reserve (Islands) 2
  • Special Areas Of Conservation - International Importance 40
  • Special Areas Of Conservation - National Importance 9
  • Protected Beaches 11
  • Tree Protection Area 60
  • Area Of High Landscape Value 13
  • Special Protection Areas 22
  • Special Area Of Geological Importance 1

Regional designations

  • Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 40
  • Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 22

International designations

  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 2

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Malta Protected Areas

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