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Protected areas of Pakistan


Protected areas of Pakistan

As of present, there are around 157 protected areas in Pakistan that are recognized by IUCN.


  • Statistics 1
    • IUCN categories 1.1
  • Types of protected areas 2
    • National parks 2.1
    • Wildlife sanctuaries 2.2
    • Game reserves 2.3
    • Protected wetlands 2.4
    • Protected and reserved forests 2.5
    • Marine protected areas 2.6
    • Biosphere reserves 2.7
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
  • External links 6


Category Total sites Total area Source site
National parks 14 1,191,323 ha
Wildlife sanctuaries 72 4,912,531 ha
Game reserves 66 3,026,842 ha
Ramsar protected wetlands 19 1,343,627 ha
Marine and littoral protected areas 9 1,186,437 ha
Biosphere reserves 1 66,000 ha

IUCN categories

IUCN Category Total sites
IUCN Category Ia: Strict nature reserves 0
IUCN Category Ib: Wilderness area 0
IUCN Category II: National parks 5
IUCN Category III: Natural monuments 0
IUCN Category IV: Wildlife sanctuaries 62
IUCN Category V: Protected landscapes/seascapes 5
IUCN Category VI: Managed resource protected area 2
Unclassified areas 83
All IUCN Categories 157

Types of protected areas

National parks

Wildlife sanctuaries

Game reserves

Protected wetlands

Protected and reserved forests

Marine protected areas

Biosphere reserves

See also


  • Pakistan profile at World Database on Protected Areas
  • Marine and coastal protected areas of Pakistan
  • Ramsar wetlands of Pakistan

Further reading

  • Country profile at Earthtrends
  • Review of 'Protected Areas System' in Pakistan
  • Protected areas systems at

External links

  • IUCN-Pakistan

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