Protected Area Dashboard

ACP Protected Area Dashboard


This Protected Area (PA) Dashboard of the BIOPAMA Reference Information System (RIS) provides easy access to essential information on the protected areas and protected area systems in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.

The principal source for the protected area information is the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA), a global information system managed by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, using data from the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) managed by UNEP-WCMC.

The dashboard supports the ACP Secretariat, BIOPAMA Regional Observatories, national ministries and agencies, PA managers and staff, and others (e.g. donors and NGOs).

Learn how this module works and find the full documentation in the Learn & Explore section.

ACP Total Coverage

Terrestrial Protected Areas (km2)
Marine Protected Areas (km2)
Total Area Protected (km2)

Terrestial Protected Areas
Marine Protected Areas
Coastal Protected Areas

Protection level statistics as of Jul 2022
The protected area coverage at the country (GAUL) and region levels is calculated every month using open-source software (QGis) and scripts (Python) following the procedure available at
The code is available at:

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EC-JRC (2022). BIOPAMA RIS [On-line], Protection level statistics as of Jul 2022. Available at:

These statistics might differ from those reported officially by countries or by other institutions due to difference in methodologies, software 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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