12 Total Protected Areas
2 With management effectiveness evaluations
Terrestrial Protected Areas
Marine Protected Areas
Other effective area-based conservation measures
0 Total Other effective area-based conservation measures
Polygons/Points ratio
Polygons 75%
Points 25%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

0.1% Coverage

673km2 Land Area Protected

642,899km2 Total Land Area


0.09% With management effectiveness evaluations

598km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

0.0% Coverage

0km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

0km2 Marine Area Protected


0.0% With management effectiveness evaluations

0km2 Areas Assessed

Disclaimer: These statistics might differ from those reported officially by countries due to difference in methodologies and datasets used to assess protected area coverage and differences in the base maps used to measure terrestrial and marine area of a country or territory.

IUCN Management Categories

Governance types

Sources (1)

  1. Protected Areas of Afghanistan Updated: 2016 Natural Heritage Protection Division, NEPA


National designations

  • National Park 2
  • Wildlife Reserve 2
  • National park and utilization of wildlife resources 3
  • Flamingo and Water Fowl Sanctuaries 2
  • Not Reported 1
  • Waterfowl Sanctuary 2

Regional designations


International designations


Growth in protected area coverage

The graph excludes status years with no information reported (STAT_YR = 0).

Afghanistan Protected Areas

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UNEP-WCMC (2020). Protected Area Profile for Afghanistan from the World Database of Protected Areas, October 2020. Available at: