Malaysia

718 Total Protected Areas
15 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 29%
Points 71%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

19.12% Coverage

63,419km2 Land Area Protected

331,701km2 Total Land Area

PAME

0.05% With management effectiveness evaluations

160km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

1.65% Coverage

7,438km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

451,742km2 Marine Area Protected

1% 5th National Report Coverage

PAME

0.21% With management effectiveness evaluations

950km2 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 (23)

  1. GIS dataset supplied by ARCBC - ASEAN (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) Updated: 2004 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Centre for Nature Conservation (ARCBC)
  2. Protected Areas GIS dataset supplied by Diana Anthony GIS & Database Officer, WWF - Malaysia Borneo Programme Updated: 2004 WWF-Malaysia (Borneo Programme) and Sabah Forestry Department, Malaysia
  3. WWF-Malaysia - Borneo Prog Updated: 2005 WWF-Malaysia
  4. Protected Areas ASEAN (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) Updated: 2004 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Centre for Nature Conservation (ARCBC)
  5. Forest Distribution in Sarawak Updated: 1979 Land and Surveys, Sarawak, Malaysia
  6. Protected areas of Sabah, Malaysia Updated: 1989 Sabah Forestry Department, Malaysia
  7. Protected areas on Peninsular Malaysia Updated: 1988 Forest Research Institute, Malaysia
  8. Marine Protected Areas of Malaysia Updated: 2018 Department of Marine Park Malaysia
  9. Semengoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Updated: 2004 UNEP-WCMC
  10. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme
  11. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties
  12. Marine Protected Area of Malaysia Updated: 2020 Reef Guardian Sdn. Bhd.
  13. Protected Areas of Malaysia Updated: 2005 Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Malaysian Peninsula
  14. Protected Areas of Malaysia Updated: 1993 Forest Research Institute, Malaysia
  15. Protected areas of Sarawak Updated: 1988 Sarawak Forest Department, Malaysia
  16. Asian Wetlands Updated: 1989 UNEP-WCMC
  17. Source is currently unknown Updated: - Not Reported
  18. Source title is currently unknown Updated: - Not Reported
  19. Bukit Kuala Selangor Updated: 2005 UNEP-WCMC
  20. Marine Protected Areas in South East Asia Updated: 2002 Ass. of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Centre for Nature Conservation (ARCBC), Univ. of Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI), Asian Bureau for Conservation (ABC), Dept. of Environment and Nat. Resources - Philippines (DENR)
  21. Protected Areas ASEAN (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) Updated: 2005 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Centre for Nature Conservation (ARCBC)
  22. Nurod-Urod Updated: 2003 Daily Express New Article, East Malaysia
  23. UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserves Updated: 2012 UNESCO-MAB and UNEP-WCMC

Designations

National designations

708
  • Marine Reserve 1
  • Nature Monument 1
  • Nature Reserve 4
  • National Park 29
  • Park 1
  • Marine Park 24
  • Forest Reserve 345
  • Nature Park 1
  • Marine Protected Area 1
  • State Park 3
  • Protected Area 1
  • National Park and ASEAN Heritage Park 3
  • Wildlife Sanctuary 12
  • Protection Forest Reserve 42
  • Wildlife Reserve 33
  • Virgin Jungle Reserve 123
  • Protected Forest 23
  • Communal Forest 28
  • Bird Sanctuary 6
  • Hunting Reserve 1
  • Other Area 3
  • Mangrove Forest Reserve 17
  • Turtle Sanctuary 1
  • National Historic Monument 1
  • Commercial Forest Reserve 2
  • Amenity Forest Reserve 2

Regional designations

0

International designations

10
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 7
  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 1
  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 2

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Malaysia Protected Areas

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citation

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