El Salvador

202 Total Protected Areas
15 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

8.64% Coverage

1,778km2 Land Area Protected

20,573km2 Total Land Area


0.29% With management effectiveness evaluations

61km2 Areas Assessed

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

0.71% Coverage

666km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

94,238km2 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 (1)

  1. Protected Areas of El Salvador Updated: 2020 Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (MARN), El Salvador


National designations

  • National Park 5
  • Natural Monument 1
  • Protected Area with Managed Resources 5
  • Natural Area 63
  • Habitat Management Area 8
  • Natural Protected Area 83
  • Private Natural Protected Area 2
  • Ecological Park 1
  • Species/Habitat Management Area 1
  • Protection and Restoration Area 8
  • Terrestrial Protected Landscape 14

Regional designations


International designations

  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 3
  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 8

Growth in protected area coverage

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

El Salvador Protected Areas

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