10439 Total Protected Areas
5821 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 100%
Points 0%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

11.96% Coverage

4,946km2 Land Area Protected

41,355km2 Total Land Area

13% 6th National Report Coverage


6.31% With management effectiveness evaluations

2,611km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

0.0% Coverage

0km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

0km2 Marine Area Protected

0% 6th National Report Coverage


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 (4)

  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. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme
  4. UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve Updated: 2018 UNESCO-MAB


National designations

  • Swiss National Park 1
  • Federal Hunting Reserves 42
  • Federal Inventory Of Reserves For Waterbirds And Migratory Birds Of International And National Imp. 35
  • Federal Inventory Of Alluvial Zones Of National Importance 326
  • Federal Inventory Of Raised And Transitional Mires Of National Importance 551
  • Federal Inventory Of Fenlands Of National Importance 1268
  • Federal Inventory Of Amphibian Spawning Areas Of National Importance 929
  • Federal Inventory Of Dry Grasslands And Pastures Of National Importance 3631
  • Ramsar Sites 11
  • Emerald Sites 37
  • Core Zone 1
  • Private Nature Reserves 692
  • Forest Reserves 2899

Regional designations


International designations

  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 2
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 11
  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 3

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Switzerland Protected Areas

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