Africa

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Number of Countries

58

Number of Protected areas

8,448

994

with management effectiveness evaluations

Polygons/Points ratio

89%

Polygons

11%

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

16.95%

coverage

4,332,280 km2

Land Area Protected

29,410,435 km2

Total Land Area

Area marine

4.04%

coverage

858,294 km2

Marine Area Protected

14,150,703 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.

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IUCN Management categories

Management categories Count %
38 0.0
25 0.0
346 4.0
39 0.0
343 4.0
65 0.0
220 2.0
7161 84.0
76 0.0
135 1.0

National designations

151

Categories Count
19
28
21
14
8
18
33
106
3
19
34
24
2
1
1
6
17
15
1
1
2
4
1
9
7
34
3705
5
1
3
3
9
1
1
2
1
11
4
36
1
43
1
7
27
2
19
1
58
1
2
1
1
2
1
58
7
1
1
4
20
1
6
41
5
36
1
6
4
5
6
24
2
3
20
1
1
29
185
2
19
1
2
1
6
1
79
8
11
9
1
17
3
1
1
5
438
1
21
1
7
5
1
1
16
40
6
13
69
16
1
4
29
25
1
2
26
1
406
51
46
2
26
1
5
1
2
1
1
4
1
1
3
28
1
46
12
1470
11
6
2
1
1
1
5
4
1
23
1
9
1
1