Republic Of Korea

3465 Total Protected Areas
735 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

16.74% Coverage

16,692km2 Land Area Protected

99,713km2 Total Land Area

12% 6th National Report Coverage

PAME

5.81% With management effectiveness evaluations

5,794km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

2.46% Coverage

7,979km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

324,994km2 Marine Area Protected

1% 6th National Report Coverage

PAME

0.93% With management effectiveness evaluations

3,034km2 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 (2)

  1. Protected Areas of Korea Updated: 2020 Ministry of Environment, Korea National Park Service and Korea Protected Areas Forum on behalf of Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Cultural Heritage Administration, Korea Forest Service & MAB National Committee of the Republic of Korea
  2. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties

Designations

National designations

3437
  • Nature Reserve 11
  • National Park 22
  • Natural Monument 373
  • Marine Protected Area 16
  • Provincial Park 29
  • Wetland Protected Area 32
  • Wetland Protected Area - Tidal Flat 12
  • Baekdudaegan Mountains Reserve 1
  • Forest Genetic Resources Reserve 358
  • County Park 27
  • Scenic Site 113
  • Ecosystem and Landscape Conservation Area 33
  • Special Island 257
  • Riparian Buffer Zone 4
  • Environment Conservation Marine Area 4
  • Water Source Protection Area 294
  • Wildlife Protection Area 394
  • Wildlife Special Protection Area 1
  • Urban Natural Park Areas 13
  • landscape reserve 196
  • disaster prevention reserve 96
  • catchment reserve protection area 1116
  • Fishery Resource Conservation Area 30
  • Special measure areas 2
  • Life environment reserve 1
  • Life environment reserve 1
  • Natural Environment Conservation Areas 1

Regional designations

0

International designations

28
  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 5
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 22
  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 1

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Republic Of Korea Protected Areas

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citation

UNEP-WCMC (2020). Protected Area Profile for Republic Of Korea from the World Database of Protected Areas, October 2020. Available at: www.protectedplanet.net