Protected Areas of Panamá

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Protected area highlights for Panama (January 31, 2008):

 

# of
Areas

Area
km2

 

Total Area of nationally recognized protected areas (% of Panama's Territorial Area)

53

27,480

18.5%

- Terrestrial (% of Panama's Terrestrial Territorial Area)

53

21,205

28.1%

- Marine and Littoral Protected Area

21

6,275

 

Note that some protected areas include both terrestrial area and marine area

 

 

 

Nationally recognized protected areas greater than 1,000 km2

11

 

 

Nationally recognized protected areas greater than 10,000 km2

0

 

 

Wetlands of International importance (Ramsar Sites)

4

1,599

 

UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserves

2

15,149

 

 
There are four wetlands in Panama recognized as important under the the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention):

Site NameMarine or
Terrestrial
Total Area
(hectares)
Total Marine Area
(hectares)
Bahía de PanamáBoth48,91948,919
Golfo de MontijoBoth80,765 
Punta PatiñoBoth13,805 
San San - Pond SakBoth16,414 

 
Other internationally recognized areas are:

The latest World Database on Protected Areas reports 87 nationally recognized protected areas in Panamá (34 more than in the summary above):

Site NameIUCN
Designation
Marine or
Terrestrial
Total
Area
(hectares)
Total
Marine
Area
(hectares)
Altos de Campana National ParkIITerrestrial4,816 
Altos de Darién Protected Forest -Terrestrial211,000 
Arhipiélago Bocas del Toro -Both  
Bagre Biological Corridor -Terrestrial31,275 
Barro Colorado Natural MonumentIIITerrestrial5,400 
Bayano Indigenous Reserve -Terrestrial87,000 
Camino de Cruces National ParkIITerrestrial4,000 
Camino de Cruces extension -Terrestrial500 
Canglón Forest Reserve -Both31,650623
Cenegón del Mangle Wildlife RefugeIVBoth1,000 
Cerro Balboa -Terrestrial  
Cerro Canajagua -Terrestrial3,000 
Cerro Cerrezuela -Terrestrial1,100 
Cerro El Gaital -Terrestrial500 
Cerro Hoya National Park -Both33,4493,782
Cerro Hoya extension -Terrestrial10,000 
Cerro Tijera -Terrestrial10,000 
Chagres National ParkIITerrestrial129,000 
Chagrés extension -Terrestrial8,000 
Chepigana Forest Reserve -Both257,2191,608
Chiriquí Tabasará Indigenous Commarc -Terrestrial125,000 
Chorogó Wildlife Refuge -Terrestrial1,000 
Cienaga de las Macanas -Terrestrial2,000 
Coiba National Park -Both270,000217,108
Comarca Kuna Yala San Blas Indigenous Commarc -Both320,60038,472
Corregimiento del Nargana Wildlife Refuge -Both100,000 
Corregimiento Del Rio Indio -Terrestrial34,330 
Cuenca Alta del Río Pacora Protected Forest -Terrestrial8,000 
Darién National ParkIIBoth579,0002,841
El Golfo de Montijo Wetland -Both86,47456,691
El Montuoso Forest Reserve -Terrestrial10,375 
El Peñón del Cerro de los Pozos Wildlife RefugeIVTerrestrial30 
El Salto de las Palmas Recreation Area -Terrestrial  
Filo del Tallo Hydrological Protection ZoneIbTerrestrial24,722 
Fuerte San Lorenzo -Terrestrial8,000 
General de División Omar Torrijos Herrera National ParkIITerrestrial25,275 
Golfo de Chiriquí National Marine Park -Both21,22119,770
Humedal de Bahía Escribano -Terrestrial  
Humedal de Tocumen -Terrestrial  
Interoceánico de las Américas National ParkIITerrestrial40,000 
Isla Bastimentos National Marine Park -Both13,07011,475
Isla Casas Wildlife Refuge -Both25,4334,500
Isla de Cañas Wildlife Refuge -Both24,24619,522
Isla de Taboga e Isla de Uraba Wildlife Refuge -Both362248
Isla El Encanto -Terrestrial  
Isla Escudo de Veraguas -Both  
Isla Galeta -Terrestrial750 
Isla Iguana Wildlife RefugeIVBoth14888
Isla Jicarón -Terrestrial  
Isla Juan Gallegos -Terrestrial700 
Isla Majé Scientific Reserve -Terrestrial1,433 
Islas de las Perlas National Park -Both10,200 
La Amistad National ParkIITerrestrial207,000 
La Amistad extension National Park -Terrestrial2,000 
La Fortuna Water Production ReserveVITerrestrial2,520 
La Fortuna Forest Reserve -Terrestrial19,500 
La Tronosa Forest Reserve -Terrestrial20,579 
La Yeguada Forest Reserve -Terrestrial7,090 
Lago Gatún Recreation AreaVTerrestrial348 
Laguna de Matusaragatí -Terrestrial  
Lagunas de Volcán Wildlife RefugeIVTerrestrial142 
Los Achiotines -Terrestrial15 
Los Pozos de Calobre Natural MonumentIIITerrestrial4 
Metropolitano National ParkVTerrestrial265 
Nargana National Marine Park-Marine147,540 
Pablo Arturo Barrios Wildlife RefugeIVTerrestrial  
Palo Seco Protected ForestVITerrestrial125,000 
Penon de la Honda Wildlife Refuge -Both3,4002,900
Playa de Boca Vieja Wildlife RefugeIVBoth3,7404,780
Playa de la Barqueta Agricola Wildlife Refuge -Both6,2393,593
Playa de la Barqueta Agrícola Wildlife RefugeIVTerrestrial5,935 
Playa de la Barqueta Agrícola extension -Terrestrial4,000 
Portobelo National Park -Both35,8359,226
Portobelo extension -Terrestrial  
Punta Garrachiné -Terrestrial  
Punta Patiño Wetland -Both13,1989,010
Río Indio -Terrestrial30,000 
Ríos Juan Díaz, Tapia y Cabra -Terrestrial10,000 
San San - Pond Sak Wetland -Both17,395136
Santa Fé National Park -Terrestrial3,000 
Sarigua National Park -Both4,6631,216
Serranía del Bagre -Terrestrial31,275 
Serranía del Majé Protected Forest -Terrestrial82,000 
Soberanía National ParkIITerrestrial22,104 
Summit Municipal Park -Terrestrial45.00 
Tapagra Hydrological Protection Zone -Terrestrial2,520 
Volcán Barú National ParkIITerrestrial14,000


caption Source: CIA World Fact Book

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Further Reading:

  1. World Resources Institute(accessed May 26, 2009)
  2. World Database on Protected Areas (accessed May 26, 2009)

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Citation

(2009). Protected Areas of Panamá. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/155373

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