1289 Total Protected Areas
12 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

35.22% Coverage

46,842km2 Land Area Protected

133,012km2 Total Land Area

21% 5th National Report Coverage


1.4% With management effectiveness evaluations

1,857km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

4.52% Coverage

22,326km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

494,172km2 Marine Area Protected

6% 5th National Report Coverage


0.08% With management effectiveness evaluations

408km2 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 (5)

  1. Common Database on Designated Areas as provided by the European Environment Agency (EEA) Updated: 2020 European Environment Agency (EEA)
  2. World Directory of the Hellenic Military Geographical Service Updated: 1985 Hellenic Military Geographical Service, Greece
  3. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme
  4. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties
  5. Natura 2000 Updated: 2020 Directorate-General for Environment (EU) via EEA


National designations

  • National Park 15
  • National Marine Park 2
  • Core Zone In National (Woodland) Park 10
  • Game Breeding Station 21
  • Controlled Hunting Area 7
  • Aesthetic Forest 19
  • Protected Forest 3
  • Natural Monuments And Landmarks (Protected As Strict Nature Reserve) 9
  • National (Woodland) Park - Peripheral Zone 5
  • Absolute Nature Reserve Area 4
  • Protected Significant Natural Formation, Protected Landscape And Landscape Elements 3
  • Nature Reserve Area 9
  • Others 41
  • Absolute Nature Reserve Zone In National Park 6
  • Absolute Nature Reserve Zone In National Marine Park 1
  • Nature Reserve Zone In National Park 26
  • Nature Reserve Zone In National Marine Park 3
  • National Marine Park - Peripheral Zone 1
  • National Park - Peripheral Zone 13
  • Wildlife Refugee 603
  • Nature Reserve Area - Peripheral Zone 2

Regional designations

  • Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 265
  • Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 207

International designations

  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 2
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 10
  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 2

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Greece Protected Areas

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