1654 Total Protected Areas
5 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 99%
Points 1%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

29.09% Coverage

24,414km2 Land Area Protected

83,912km2 Total Land Area

27% 5th National Report Coverage


0.56% With management effectiveness evaluations

472km2 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 (9)

  1. Common Database on Designated Areas as provided by the European Environment Agency (EEA) Updated: 2020 European Environment Agency (EEA)
  2. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties
  3. Außengrenzen der Ramsargebiete in Niederösterreich Updated: 2017 Niederösterreich government
  4. Naturschutz - RAMSAR-Gebiet Updated: 2017 Land Oberösterreich
  5. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme
  6. Natura 2000 Updated: 2020 Directorate-General for Environment (EU) via EEA
  7. Wilderness Area Sulzbachtäler Updated: 2019 Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism
  8. UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve Updated: 2018 UNESCO-MAB
  9. UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve Updated: 2005 Bureau of the International Co-ordinating Council of the MAB Programme (MAB-ICC) (19th Sesssion), UNESCO HQ Paris


National designations

  • Nature Reserve 477
  • National Park 26
  • Nature Park 49
  • Wilderness Area 1
  • Landscape And Nature Protection Area 4
  • Landscape Protection Area 270
  • Protected Landscape Section 327
  • Flora Protection Area 5
  • Rest Area 9
  • Special Conservation Areas 8
  • Protected Natural Objects Of Local Importance 18
  • Protected Habitat 2
  • Protected Biotopes 3
  • Ecological Development Area 3
  • Biosphere Park 11
  • Ex-Lege Landscape Protection 1
  • Regional Protected Areas 9

Regional designations

  • Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 305
  • Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 100

International designations

  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 2
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 23
  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 1

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Austria Protected Areas

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