49 Total Protected Areas
30 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

10.95% Coverage

51,397km2 Land Area Protected

469,428km2 Total Land Area

22% 6th National Report Coverage


8.11% With management effectiveness evaluations

38,092km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

10.89% Coverage

1,602km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

14,704km2 Marine Area Protected


7.48% With management effectiveness evaluations

1,100km2 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 Cameroon Updated: 2020 Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife, Cameroon via Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC)
  2. Protected Areas in Cameroon and Gabon Updated: 2002 WWF Gabon
  3. Road Map of Cameroon Updated: 1988 Forestry Department of Cameroon
  4. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme
  5. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties


National designations

  • National Park 27
  • Wildlife Sanctuary 5
  • Faunal Reserve 4
  • Flora Sanctuary 1

Regional designations


International designations

  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 3
  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 2
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 7

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Cameroon Protected Areas

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