313 Total Protected Areas
9 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 91%
Points 9%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

14.84% Coverage

35,675km2 Land Area Protected

240,330km2 Total Land Area

21% 0th National Report Coverage


0.96% With management effectiveness evaluations

2,301km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

0.1% Coverage

219km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

226,759km2 Marine Area Protected


0.1% With management effectiveness evaluations

218km2 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 (3)

  1. Protected Areas of Ghana Updated: 2020 The Forestry Commission of Ghana
  2. Ankasa Game, Bia, Gbele , Mole and Kyabobo protected areas Updated: 2007 Protected Areas Development Programme (PAPD II), Ghana
  3. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties


National designations

  • National Park 7
  • Forest Reserve 286
  • Wildlife Sanctuary 4
  • Strict Nature Reserve 1
  • Resource Reserve 6

Regional designations


International designations

  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 3
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 6

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Ghana Protected Areas

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