35 Total Protected Areas
3 With management effectiveness evaluations
Terrestrial Protected Areas
Marine Protected Areas
Other effective area-based conservation measures
0 Total Other effective area-based conservation measures
5 Number of countries
Polygons/Points ratio
Polygons 97%
Points 3%

Terrestrial Protected Areas Coverage

41.28% Coverage

894,313km2 Land Area Protected

2166285km2 Total Land Area

Marine Protected Areas Coverage

44.78% Coverage

3,064,822km2 Marine and Coastal Area Protected

6844121km2 Marine Area Protected

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 (8)

  1. Source is currently unknown Updated: - Not Reported
  2. Protected Area for Terres Australes et Antarctiques Fran├žaises Updated: 2017 Direction de la Conservation du Patrimoine Naturel, Terres Australes et Antarctiques Fran├žaises
  3. Common Database on Designated Areas as provided by the European Environment Agency (EEA) Updated: 2020 European Environment Agency (EEA)
  4. UNESCO World Heritage Sites Updated: 2020 IUCN World Heritage Programme
  5. UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve Updated: 2018 UNESCO-MAB
  6. Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Updated: 2020 Ramsar Secretariat, on behalf of Ramsar Contracting Parties
  7. Protected Areas of Australia Updated: 2020 Australian Department of the Environment and Energy
  8. South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Marine Protected Area Updated: 2019 Government of South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands, Government House, Stanley, Falkland Islands


National designations

  • Nature Reserve 12
  • National Park 1
  • Marine Protected Area 1
  • National Nature Reserve 1
  • Commonwealth Marine Reserve 1
  • Protected Perimeter Around A National Nature Reserve 1

Regional designations


International designations

  • Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 14
  • UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 1
  • World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 3

Polar Protected Areas

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