148 Total Protected Areas
18 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

37.89% Coverage

313,534km2 Land Area Protected

827,465km2 Total Land Area

17% 5th National Report Coverage


15.66% With management effectiveness evaluations

129,582km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

1.71% Coverage

9,646km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

562,728km2 Marine Area Protected


0.04% With management effectiveness evaluations

244km2 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 (3)

  1. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties
  2. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme
  3. Protected Areas of Namibia Updated: 2014 Directorate of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP), Ministry of Environment and Tourism


National designations

  • National Park 19
  • Forest Reserve 1
  • Private Reserve 2
  • Marine Protected Area 1
  • Community Forest 33
  • Communal Conservancy 79
  • Concession 7

Regional designations


International designations

  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 1
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 5

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Namibia Protected Areas

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