66 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 97%
Points 3%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

44.18% Coverage

221km2 Land Area Protected

501km2 Total Land Area


2.9% With management effectiveness evaluations

15km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

100.0% Coverage

608,173km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

608,152km2 Marine Area Protected


0.01% With management effectiveness evaluations

78km2 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 Palau Updated: 2019 Palau National Marine Sanctuary Office via Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
  2. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme
  3. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties
  4. UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve Updated: 2005 Bureau of the International Co-ordinating Council of the MAB Programme (MAB-ICC) (19th Sesssion), UNESCO HQ Paris


National designations

  • Nature Reserve 2
  • Conservation Area 28
  • Zone Management Area 9
  • Bird Sanctuary 2
  • Fishery Reserve 1
  • Wildlife Conservation Area 1
  • Co-Management Area 10
  • Marine Sanctuary 2
  • CA Set Aside 2
  • Forest Preserve 2
  • IBA 1
  • Recreation Zone 1
  • State Waters 1
  • Fishing Zone 1

Regional designations


International designations

  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 1
  • 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).

Palau Protected Areas

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