Recognition of Malpelo’s global significance:
UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2006 in recognition of its status as “a critical habitat for internationally threatened marine species”.
The IUCN World Heritage Outlook page on Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary is here:
International Maritime Organisation – 1 of 15 Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas
Following the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, the International Maritime Organization established a list of “Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas” in which large commercial vessels are prohibited, in order to minimize and eliminate the risk of catastrophic environmental disasters. Malpelo is one of the world’s 15 PSSA’s.