1089 Total Protected Areas
135 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

16.97% Coverage

7,691km2 Land Area Protected

45,314km2 Total Land Area


6.21% With management effectiveness evaluations

2,812km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

18.32% Coverage

18,408km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

100,470km2 Marine Area Protected

18% 5th National Report Coverage


4.08% With management effectiveness evaluations

4,100km2 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 (6)

  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. Natura 2000 Updated: 2020 Directorate-General for Environment (EU) via EEA
  5. HELCOM Baltic Sea Protected Areas (BSPA) Updated: 2020 Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) (Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission), Katajanokanlaituri 6 B, FI-00160, Helsinki, Finland
  6. OSPAR Marine Protected Areas Network Updated: 2020 OSPAR Commission, Victoria House, 37-63 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4DA, UK


National designations

  • Protected By Conservation Order, Excl. Church Surroundings 381
  • §3 Protected Habitats (All Lakes, Bogs, Streams, Heaths And Meadows Etc.) 194
  • Marine Strategy Area 9

Regional designations

  • Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 261
  • Baltic Sea Protected Area (HELCOM) 66
  • Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 34
  • Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 114

International designations

  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 28
  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 2

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Denmark Protected Areas

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