IUCN management categories

You can search for, and download, all sites based on IUCN Management Category using the links on this page. Once you you have selected one of the queries below please note that you can further refine your search, by country, by region, by designation etc, using the filters on the left of the page.

Category Ia

These sites are strictly protected areas set aside to protect biodiversity and also possibly geological/geomorphological features, where human visitation, use and impacts are strictly controlled and limited to ensure protection of the conservation values. Such protected areas can serve as indispensable reference areas for scientific research and monitoring.

For a list of all IUCN Management Categories Ia sites in the WDPA please go here

Category Ib

These sites are usually large unmodified or slightly modified areas, retaining their natural character and influence, without permanent or significant human habitation, which are protected and managed so as to preserve their natural condition.

For a list of all IUCN Management Categories Ib sites in the WDPA please go here

Category II

These sites are large natural or near natural areas set aside to protect large-scale ecological processes, along with the complement of species an ecosystems characteristic of the area, which also provide a foundation for environmentally and culturally compatible spiritual, scientific, educational, recreational and visitor opportunities.

For a list of all IUCN Management Categories II sites in the WDPA please go here

Category III

These sites are set aside to protect a specific natural monument, which can be a landform, sea mount, submarine cavern, geological feature such as a cave or even a living feature such as an ancient grove. They are generally quite small protected areas and often have high visitor value.

For a list of all IUCN Management Categories III sites in the WDPA please go here

Category IV

These sites aim to protect particular species or habitats and management reflects this priority. Many category IV protected areas will need regular, active interventions to address the requirements of particular species or to maintain habitats, but this is not a requirement of the category.

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Category V

These sites are where the interaction of people and nature over time has produced an area of distinct character with significant ecological, biological, cultural and scenic value: and where safeguarding the integrity of this interaction is vital to protecting and sustaining the area and its associated nature conservation and other values.

For a list of all IUCN Management Categories V sites in the WDPA please go here

Category VI

These sites conserve ecosystems and habitats, together with associated cultural values and traditional natural resource management systems. They are generally large, with most of the area in a natural condition, where a proportion is under sustainable natural resource management and where low-level non-industrial use of natural resources compatible with nature conservation is seen as one of the main aims of the area.

For a list of all IUCN Management Categories VI sites in the WDPA please go here

Category Not Reported

These sites are where an IUCN category is unknown and/or the data provider has not provided any related information.

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Category Not Applicable

These sites are where the data provider has stated that the IUCN Management Categories are not applicable to a specific designation type.

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Category Not Assigned

These sites are where the data provider has chosen not to assign the IUCN Management Categories to a protected area..

For a list of all IUCN Management Categories "Not Assigned" sites in the WDPA please go here