34 Total Protected Areas
3 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 38%
Points 62%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

4.2% Coverage

528km2 Land Area Protected

12,575km2 Total Land Area


0.24% With management effectiveness evaluations

30km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

0.01% Coverage

48km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

622,073km2 Marine Area Protected


0.0% With management effectiveness evaluations

1km2 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 (6)

  1. Marine Managed Areas (MMAs) in the Pacific Updated: 2008 The WorldFish Center, ReefBase Project, Penang, Malaysia
  2. Protected areas of Vanuatu Updated: 1990 South Pacific Regional Environment Programme, Vanuatu
  3. Protected Areas of Vanuatu Updated: 2003 Director, Vanuatu Protected Areas Initiative, Wan Tok Environment Centre, Santo, Vanuatu
  4. Pacific region protected areas Updated: 2004 University of Queensland, Australia
  5. Nguna Pele Marine Reserve Updated: 2007 UNEP-WCMC
  6. Protect Planet Ocean Reconciliation Updated: 2010 UNEP-WCMC and IUCN


National designations

  • Marine Reserve 3
  • Marine Protected Area 7
  • Reserve 1
  • Conservation Area 1
  • Recreation Reserve 3
  • Forest Conservation Area 19

Regional designations


International designations


Growth in protected area coverage

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

Vanuatu Protected Areas

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