104 Total Protected Areas
18 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 96%
Points 4%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

17.62% Coverage

200,074km2 Land Area Protected

1,135,429km2 Total Land Area

14% 6th National Report Coverage


3.23% With management effectiveness evaluations

36,724km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

0.0% Coverage

0km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

0km2 Marine Area Protected


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 (8)

  1. Protected Areas of Ethiopia Updated: 2018 Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority
  2. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme
  3. Protected areas of Ethiopia Updated: 1991 State Forest Conservation and Development Department, Ethiopia
  4. Kafa UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Ethiopia Updated: 2010 Head of Project Office in Ethiopia, The Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  5. Protected areas Ethiopia Updated: 2003 Environment Protection Authority, Ethiopia
  6. Protected Areas of Ethiopia Updated: 1993 Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Organisation (EWCO)
  7. Protected Areas of Ethiopia Updated: 2007 Head of Wildlife Conservation Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Republic of Ethiopia
  8. UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserves Updated: 2012 UNESCO-MAB and UNEP-WCMC


National designations

  • National Park 13
  • Wildlife Reserve 8
  • Sanctuary 4
  • Controlled Hunting Area 18
  • National Forest Priority Area 58

Regional designations


International designations

  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 2
  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 1

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Ethiopia Protected Areas

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