Western Sahara

11 Total Protected Areas
1 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

0.23% Coverage

616km2 Land Area Protected

268,339km2 Total Land Area


0.05% With management effectiveness evaluations

143km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

0.2% Coverage

513km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

252,024km2 Marine Area Protected


0.19% With management effectiveness evaluations

470km2 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

  • Federal or national ministry or agency 11 View list

Sources (1)

  1. Protected Areas of Morocco Updated: 2014 Haut Commissariat aux Eaux et Forêts et à la Lutte Contre la Désertification (HCEFLCD)


National designations

  • National Park 1
  • Biological Reserve 2
  • Biological and Ecological Interest Site 4

Regional designations


International designations

  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 4

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Western Sahara Protected Areas

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