South Sudan

27 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 89%
Points 11%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

15.5% Coverage

98,214km2 Land Area Protected

633,580km2 Total Land Area

13% 5th National Report Coverage


9.35% With management effectiveness evaluations

59,271km2 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 South Sudan Updated: 2014 South Sudan National Wildlife Service (SSWS); Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) South Sudan Program
  2. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties


National designations

  • National Park 10
  • Forest Reserve 1
  • Game Reserve 12
  • Nature Conservation Area 2
  • Bird Sanctuary 1

Regional designations


International designations

  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 1

Growth in protected area coverage

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

South Sudan Protected Areas

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