3091 Total Protected Areas
144 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

39.54% Coverage

123,343km2 Land Area Protected

311,924km2 Total Land Area

20% 6th National Report Coverage


15.36% With management effectiveness evaluations

47,923km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

22.57% Coverage

7,211km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

31,946km2 Marine Area Protected

24% 6th National Report Coverage


22.4% With management effectiveness evaluations

7,155km2 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 (8)

  1. Common Database on Designated Areas as provided by the European Environment Agency (EEA) Updated: 2020 European Environment Agency (EEA)
  2. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme
  3. UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve Updated: 2018 UNESCO-MAB
  4. Polska Mapa Ochrony Pryzyrody - Conservation of Nature Updated: 1992 Institute of Environmental Protection, Poland
  5. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties
  6. Natura 2000 Updated: 2020 Directorate-General for Environment (EU) via EEA
  7. HELCOM Baltic Sea Protected Areas (BSPA) Updated: 2020 Helsinki Commission (HELCOM) (Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission), Katajanokanlaituri 6 B, FI-00160, Helsinki, Finland
  8. UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserves Updated: 2012 UNESCO-MAB and UNEP-WCMC


National designations

  • Nature Reserve 1499
  • National Park 23
  • Landscape Park 127
  • Protected Landscape Area 408

Regional designations

  • Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 850
  • Baltic Sea Protected Area (HELCOM) 9
  • Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 145

International designations

  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 10
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 19
  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 1

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Poland Protected Areas

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