Caribbean Islands With
|How the islands compare in terms of protected areas.|
The following percentages are from data provided by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History web site and based on the amount of territory covered by national parks, nature reserves, national forests and other measures.
However, nature reserves supply complete protection while national forests allow timbering and pastureland. Top-ranked Martinique, for instance, permits tourism, farming and normal economic activity within its regional nature park.
The degree of enforcement also varies from island to island. So, if the figures don't reveal the whole story, they speak a great deal about intent.
THE TOP 10
Percent of Land Protected
U.S. Virgin Islands 32%
Costa Rica 27%
Dominican Republic 13%
St. Lucia 12%
Puerto Rico 8%