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Discover the world's protected areas

Protected Planet - The latest initiative harnessing the World Database on Protected Areas is the online interface for the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), a joint project of IUCN and UNEP, and the most comprehensive global database on terrestrial and marine protected areas. lets you discover the protected areas of the world through exploring the maps and intuitive searching, feeding you information from the WDPA, photos from Panoramio© and text descriptions from Wikipedia©.

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You can search and explore the WDPA database.

You can find points of interest and biodiversity data.


We generate protected area coverage statistics for assessing progress towards international biodiversity protection targets


Download the most comprehensive global dataset on protected areas in the world is the new face of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA). Its humble beginnings started 30 years ago as the United Nations global list of national parks and has evolved into the only global, spatially referenced information source on parks and protected areas . We have created not only to showcase this wealth of information, but also give tools to willing ‘citizen scientists’ who can feed their knowledge about protected areas into the WDPA. allows you to search in any language to find information about individual protected areas. If you don’t know exactly what you are looking for, you can explore the world from the maps. Our aim is to make use of the huge resources out there and concentrate our efforts on delivering the most relevant and accurate protected areas information to the global community.

The World Database on Protected Areas is managed at UNEP-WCMC in Cambridge, UK supported by IUCN staff and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. It relies on the magnitude of work carried out by staff in institutions covering in every country that work on mapping and collating information on protected areas. Without this work from governments and NGOs alike, there would be no World Database on Protected Areas.

If you are a national protected areas data manager and want to find out how to contribute to the WDPA, please contact and our team will be happy to help you.

Organisations working on the project was created by a collection of hard working organisations:

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Who is supporting the project


Anglo American BHP Bilton BP Chevron ConocoPhillips ENI Exxon Mobil IHS Premier Oil Repsol Rio Tinto Safe Software Shell Statoil Total GBIF EuroGEOSS GEF IABIN Organization of American States Image Map


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The team

Development Team

Informatics at UNEP-WCMC

Development Team

Informatics at UNEP-WCMC

Informatics believes in using open information and innovation to solve the biodiversity issues of our time.


WDPA data officers


WDPA data officers

Amy and Siobhan are the team working with the data contributors. Full to the brim with protected areas and GIS knowledge.

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Frontend development & visual design


Frontend development & visual design

Frontend development & visual design. Vizzuality take enjoyment in being a small and productive company that delivers great user experiences for stories that matter. website