Africa

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Number of Countries

58

Number of Protected areas

8,497

997 with management effectiveness evaluations

Polygons/Points ratio

4% Polygons

0% Points

Number of sources

For International designations 30
For National designations 146
For Regional designations 2
TOTAL 178

Protected areas coverage (Ref 1 ↓ )

Area terrestrial

17.16% coverage

4,363,675 km2 Land Area Protected

29,410,435 km2 Total Land Area

Area marine

4.81% coverage

1,556,528 km2 Marine Area Protected

14,150,704 km2 Total Marine Area

Warning: 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.

Learn how we calculate protected area coverage statistics

IUCN Management categories

Management categories Count %
39 0.0
25 0.0
346 4.0
39 0.0
337 3.0
60 0.0
219 2.0
7217 84.0
77 0.0
138 1.0

National designations

153

Categories Count
2
2
1485
411
1
17
3705
33
6
26
11
1
1
29
15
27
46
27
8
1
9
20
39
1
58
33
19
5
16
19
18
4
4
2
3
3
19
6
4
9
6
4
28
2
1
6
36
106
7
1
1
5
438
1
3
29
4
6
17
5
1
36
10
26
6
1
5
11
6
1
1
2
2
2
4
69
3
5
46
41
4
2
3
1
21
43
20
5
58
13
19
16
53
21
1
1
5
1
1
51
1
1
1
2
1
1
30
14
1
34
1
1
7
1
1
79
7
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
5
1
1
1
12
185
8
1
1
4
3
1
2
1
1
2
1
3
1
24
23
9
1
1
1
1
2