South Africa, Africa

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Number of Protected areas

1,598

207 with management effectiveness evaluations

Polygons/Points ratio

100% Polygons

0% Points

Number of sources

For International designations 1
For National designations 1
TOTAL 2

Protected areas coverage (Ref 1 ↓ )

Area terrestrial

8.28% coverage

101,336 km2 Land Area Protected

1,224,385 km2 Total Land Area

13% 6th National Report Coverage

61.4% with management effectiveness evaluation

62,220.48599 km2 Area Assessed

Area marine

12.06% coverage

186,107 km2 Marine Area Protected

1,542,560 km2 Total Marine Area

10% 6th National Report Coverage

1.58% with management effectiveness evaluation

2,933.636 km2 Area Assessed

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IUCN Management categories

Management categories Count %
1593 99.69
5 0.31

Governance types

Name Governance type Count %
625 39.11
2 0.13
1 0.06
8 0.5
962 60.2

Regional designations

0

Categories Count