Overlap between wilderness areas and protected areas under IUCN categories I and II
In terms of overall number, Estonia, Norway, Slovakia and Sweden have the most protected areas classified
as Category Ia and Ib, and Category II. Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia and Slovenia have the highest number
of protected areas under Category III, but not all countries classify protected areas under this category.
The United Kingdom is the only country within the 39 EEA member and collaborating countries that has no
protected areas in categories I, II or III. No data available for Ireland.
For references, please go to www.eea.europa.eu/soer or scan the QR code.
This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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