Costa Rica, Latin America & Caribbean

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Number of Protected areas


69 with management effectiveness evaluations

Polygons/Points ratio

94% Polygons

6% Points

Number of sources

For International designations 5
For National designations 2

Protected areas coverage (Ref 1 ↓ )

Area terrestrial

28.29% coverage

14,609 km2 Land Area Protected

51,636 km2 Total Land Area

26% 6th National Report Coverage

20.36% with management effectiveness evaluation

10,510.76419 km2 Area Assessed

Area marine

2.61% coverage

15,062 km2 Marine Area Protected

576,110 km2 Total Marine Area

3% 6th National Report Coverage

0.77% with management effectiveness evaluation

4,443.43099 km2 Area Assessed

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IUCN Management categories

Management categories Count %
9 5.45
2 1.21
23 13.94
22 13.33
39 23.64
64 38.79
6 3.64

Governance types

Name Governance type Count %
164 99.39
1 0.61

Regional designations


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