26 Total Protected Areas
2 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

41.11% Coverage

885,525km2 Land Area Protected

2,154,016km2 Total Land Area


0.27% With management effectiveness evaluations

5,750km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

4.52% Coverage

102,254km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

2,264,467km2 Marine Area Protected


0.02% With management effectiveness evaluations

402km2 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 (4)

  1. Common Database on Designated Areas as provided by the European Environment Agency (EEA) Updated: 2020 European Environment Agency (EEA)
  2. UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve Updated: 2018 UNESCO-MAB
  3. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties
  4. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme


National designations

  • Nature Reserve 11
  • National Park 1

Regional designations


International designations

  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 1
  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 1
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 12

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Greenland Protected Areas

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