137 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 99%
Points 1%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

19.9% Coverage

20,354km2 Land Area Protected

102,302km2 Total Land Area


0.65% With management effectiveness evaluations

661km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

0.42% Coverage

3,170km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

752,784km2 Marine Area Protected


0.0% With management effectiveness evaluations

32km2 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. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties
  3. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme
  4. OSPAR Marine Protected Areas Network Updated: 2020 OSPAR Commission, Victoria House, 37-63 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4DA, UK


National designations

  • Nature Reserve 40
  • National Park 3
  • Natural Monument 42
  • Conservation Area 2
  • Public Recreation Area Or Country Park 26
  • Habitat Protection 4

Regional designations

  • Marine Protected Area (OSPAR) 12

International designations

  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 2
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 6

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Iceland Protected Areas

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