South Africa, Africa

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Number of Protected areas


205 with management effectiveness evaluations

Polygons/Points ratio

100% Polygons

0% Points

Number of sources

For International designations 3
For National designations 1

Protected areas coverage (Ref 1 ↓ )

Area terrestrial

8.34% coverage

102,060 km2 Land Area Protected

1,224,385 km2 Total Land Area

5.18% with management effectiveness evaluation

63,462.08719 km2 Area Assessed

Area marine

14.56% coverage

224,640 km2 Marine Area Protected

1,542,560 km2 Total Marine Area

0.21% with management effectiveness evaluation

3,231.525696 km2 Area Assessed

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IUCN Management categories

Management categories Count %
1567 99.18
13 0.82

Governance types

Name Governance type Count %
645 40.82
2 0.13
1 0.06
8 0.51
924 58.48

Regional designations


Categories Count