Lao People's Democratic Republic

33 Total Protected Areas
0 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 88%
Points 12%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

16.68% Coverage

38,582km2 Land Area Protected

231,276km2 Total Land Area

18% 0th National Report Coverage


0.0% With management effectiveness evaluations

0km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

0.0% Coverage

0km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

0km2 Marine Area Protected


0.0% With management effectiveness evaluations

0km2 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. Protected areas of Lao PDR Updated: 2008 WWF Greater Mekong, Aphone, Lao Cambodia Sumatra WWF Tiger Conservation Network
  2. Protected Area System in Lao PDR Updated: 1987 UNEP-WCMC
  3. GIS dataset supplied by ARCBC - ASEAN (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) Updated: 2004 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Centre for Nature Conservation (ARCBC)
  4. Protected areas of Lao Updated: 1993 IUCN
  5. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties


National designations

  • Conservation Area 2
  • Hunting Reserve 1
  • National Biodiversity Conservation Area 20
  • Not Reported 7
  • National Biodiversity Conservation Area and ASEAN Heritage Park 1

Regional designations


International designations

  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 2

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Lao People's Democratic Republic Protected Areas

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UNEP-WCMC (2020). Protected Area Profile for Lao People's Democratic Republic from the World Database of Protected Areas, October 2020. Available at: