Dear friends here we have compiled a list of top ten largest protected areas in the world both of land and sea location.
Protected areas are locations which receive protection because of their recognized natural.
Currently, there are over 160,000 protected areas in the world that cover 10 to 15 percent of the world’s surface area (both land and sea).
Protected areas are essential for biodiversity conservation. so lets see the top ten protected areas in the world.
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- Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
- Air and Tenere Natural Reserve
- Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
- Galapagos Marine Reserve
- Kavango–Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
- Phoenix Islands
- Chagos Archipelago
- Northeast Greenland National Park
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park that is located in southern Alaska in United States, Area is about 53,321 sq. km. The park is accessible by highway from Anchorage; two rough gravel roads the McCarthy Road and the Nabesna Road. Mount St. Elias is situated on the border of Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Canada’s Kluane National Park and Reserve. U.S. National Park has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is included in an International Biosphere Reserve. It is the largest national park in the United States by area, and is larger than nine states.
Air and Tenere Natural Reserve
Air and Tenere Natural Reserve is located in the country of Niger, the area of this park is about 84,000 sq. km. this preserved area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are notable archaeological excavations in the region that illustrate the prehistoric past of this region. There are two sections of this reserve; a nature reserve and a strict sanctuary.
Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, size of this park is about to 35,000 sq. km. South Africa and Zimbabwe and is comprised of 10 different national parks and reserves, including Banhine National Park, Kruger National Park and Limpopo National Park. There are new plans that should increase the size of the park to 99,800 sq km.
Galapagos Marine Reserve
Galapagos Marine Reserve is one of the world’s most unusual ecosystems and are rich areas of biodiversity, The Galapagos Islands are located 1,000kilometers off the coast of Ecuador. This reserve, which lies a thousand kilometers from the Ecuadorian mainland, covers an area of around 133,000 sq. km.
Kavango–Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area
Kavango–Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area that is situated in a region where the international borders of no fewer than five countries converge, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. There are several national parks incorporated into this preserved area, including Chobe National Park, Hwange National Park, the Okavango Delta and Victoria Falls. The size if this park is about 287,132 square kilometres.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is located in Australia and the of this park is about 345,400 square kilometres. The Great Barrier Reef contains the largest cluster of corals in the world and is home to several species of exotic marine life. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest cluster of corals and other exotic marine life.
Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument that is located in United States, the area of this national monument is about 360,000 square kilometres including ten islands and atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, internationally recognized for both its cultural and natural values. The monument is made up of ten islands and atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
Phoenix Islands Protected Area that is located in the Republic of Kiribati, the area is about 408,250 square kilometres. The greater part of Phoenix Islandsby area is ocean floor with a water column averaging more than 4,000 meters (2.5 miles) deep. These underwater mountains contribute a huge diversity of marine habitat types – atoll, low reef island, submerged reef, seamount, and deep seabed as well as open ocean habitats.
Chagos Marine Protected Area that is a group of seven atolls comprising more than 60 individual tropical islands in the Indian Ocean. the Chagos Marine Protected Area is the largest marine reserve in the world. Larger than the country of France, this marine reserve is located 500 kilometers south of Maldives. The protected area is about 545,000 square kilometres.
Northeast Greenland National Park
Northeast Greenland National Park is the largest protected area that is located in Greenland and the protectd area is about 927,000 square kilometres (largest protected area in the world). Northeast Greenland National Park is the largest national park in the world. The land is inhabited by polar bears, walrus, arctic fox, snowy owl and musk oxen, among many other species.