Marine and Coastal Protected Areas

Notwithstanding STP does not currently have protected marine areas as exists (currently a project carried out by Oikos and the Prince Foundation for this purpose- learn more), There are marine ecosystems within the limits of the São Tomé Natural Park, such as the Malanza mangrove, by far the largest of these ecosystems on the islands, and also Praia das Conchas. Príncipe's natural park included a marine part on the southwest coast. Since 2012, the Ramsar site of the islets of Tinhosas (covering Tinhosa Grande, Tinhosa Pequena and Tinhosinha, south of Príncipe) and the island of Príncipe are a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.