United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Europe

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Number of Protected areas


8,068 with management effectiveness evaluations

Polygons/Points ratio

100% Polygons

0% Points

Number of sources

For International designations 5
For National designations 2
For Regional designations 2

Protected areas coverage (Ref 1 ↓ )

Area terrestrial

28.69% coverage

70,365 km2 Land Area Protected

245,248 km2 Total Land Area

28% 6th National Report Coverage

39.03% with management effectiveness evaluation

27,462.93862 km2 Area Assessed

Area marine

28.87% coverage

208,871 km2 Marine Area Protected

723,405 km2 Total Marine Area

24% 6th National Report Coverage

61.49% with management effectiveness evaluation

128,437.3 km2 Area Assessed

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IUCN Management categories

Management categories Count %
17 0.15
24 0.21
346 3.0
8851 76.64
692 5.99
1 0.01
1074 9.3
263 2.28
281 2.43