33 Total Protected Areas
13 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 73%
Points 27%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

42.35% Coverage

145,567km2 Land Area Protected

343,737km2 Total Land Area

13% 0th National Report Coverage


9.78% With management effectiveness evaluations

33,631km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

3.21% Coverage

1,280km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

39,864km2 Marine Area Protected

0% 0th National Report Coverage


3.0% With management effectiveness evaluations

1,197km2 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 (5)

  1. Protected areas of Congo Updated: 2020 Agence Congolaise de la Faune et des Aires Protégées (ACFAP) via Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC)
  2. Protected areas of Congo Updated: 2006 Centre National d’Inventaire et d’Aménagement des Ressources Forestières et Fauniques (CNIAF), Ministère de l'Economie Forestière (MEF), Republic of Congo
  3. UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve Updated: 2018 UNESCO-MAB
  4. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties
  5. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme


National designations

  • National Park 4
  • Forest Reserve 1
  • Wildlife Sanctuary 3
  • Wildlife Reserve 4
  • Hunting Area 2
  • Community Reserve 1
  • Area of absolute protection 1

Regional designations


International designations

  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 2
  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 1
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 14

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Congo Protected Areas

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