22 Total Protected Areas
6 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 82%
Points 18%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

29.14% Coverage

169,370km2 Land Area Protected

581,163km2 Total Land Area

29% 6th National Report Coverage


19.27% With management effectiveness evaluations

111,968km2 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 (3)

  1. Protected Areas of Botswana Updated: 2013 Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Botswana
  2. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme
  3. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties


National designations

  • National Park 4
  • Forest Reserve 6
  • Game Reserve 6
  • Bird Sanctuary 3
  • Game Sanctuary 1

Regional designations


International designations

  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 1
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 1

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Botswana Protected Areas

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