Africa

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Number of Countries

58

Number of Protected areas

8,454

995

with management effectiveness evaluations

Polygons/Points ratio

89%

Polygons

11%

Points

Number of sources

For International designations 30
For National designations 148
For Regional designations 2
TOTAL 180

Protected areas coverage (Ref 1 ↓ )

Area terrestrial

16.31%

coverage

4,028,523 km2

Land Area Protected

28,582,969 km2

Total Land Area

Area marine

4.01%

coverage

848,647 km2

Marine Area Protected

13,587,975 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 %
38 0.0
25 0.0
345 4.0
39 0.0
344 4.0
67 0.0
220 2.0
7165 84.0
76 0.0
135 1.0

National designations

150

Categories Count
19
28
1
1
18
1
6
106
16
34
2
1
14
1
1
6
2
17
29
5
1
4
7
9
1
3705
5
1
3
3
23
1
2
4
36
43
41
1
46
1
1
27
2
2
19
59
15
1
19
2
3
58
7
20
5
1
13
24
7
6
9
1
1
4
1
36
1
79
5
6
2
1
3
3
20
1
1
19
1
6
8
2
1
11
9
1
17
1
1
1
5
1
438
4
1
21
24
1
4
51
40
6
185
7
16
25
1
4
29
1
1
2
1
32
1
1
12
407
2
1470
46
1
1
2
2
1
4
26
1
3
28
5
1
32
11
6
2
11
1
1
5
8
1
1
9
1
69
1
34
21