10 Total Protected Areas
4 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 70%
Points 30%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

9.11% Coverage

2,320km2 Land Area Protected

25,452km2 Total Land Area

10% 5th National Report Coverage


8.71% With management effectiveness evaluations

2,216km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

0.0% Coverage

0km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

0km2 Marine Area Protected

0% 5th National Report Coverage


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 (2)

  1. Protected areas of Rwanda Updated: 2020 Ministry of Environment and Lands, Rwanda via Central African Forests Commission (COMIFAC)
  2. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties


National designations

  • National Park 3
  • Forest Reserve 2
  • Other Area 3

Regional designations


International designations

  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 1
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 1

Growth in protected area coverage

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

Rwanda Protected Areas

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