Papua New Guinea

57 Total Protected Areas
41 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 96%
Points 4%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

3.69% Coverage

17,248km2 Land Area Protected

467,406km2 Total Land Area


2.8% With management effectiveness evaluations

13,094km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

0.14% Coverage

3,344km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

2,407,382km2 Marine Area Protected


0.13% With management effectiveness evaluations

3,030km2 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 (1)

  1. Protected areas of Papua New Guinea Updated: 2019 Conservation and Environment Protection Authority


National designations

  • National Park 4
  • Protected Area 2
  • Wildlife Sanctuary 3
  • Natural Reserve 1
  • Reserve 1
  • Conservation Area 2
  • Wildlife Management Area 33
  • Provincial Park 1
  • Locally Managed Marine Area 6
  • Marine Managed Area 1
  • Natural Reserve - National Park 1

Regional designations


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).

Papua New Guinea Protected Areas

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