The entire island of Palawan is a designated Man and Biosphere
Reserve, with two internationally recognized
World Heritage Sites, an Endemic Bird Area, and a Philippine Priority Area for biodiversity conservation.
Over 1,700 species of flowering plants
and about 41% of the more than 1,100
species of terrestrial vertebrates that
are known in the Philippine Archipelago
are found in the province.
Its marine ecosystem boasts of an astonishing assemblage of marine life that sits atop the famed Coral Triangle.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has identified at least 82 terrestrial and marine species that are found in Palawan to be among the list of globally important species, their classification having been determined as either endangered or threatened.