November update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the November 2016 release of the WDPA is 231,797 comprising of 212,983 polygons and 18,814 points.

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Highlights:

Cuba: Complete update of all national-level protected areas. 81 of these protected areas do not have a management plan or designated management authority, so their status has been designated as 'Proposed' following advice from the Cuban data provider, and pending acquisition of further information.

Mexico: The November 2016 release of the WDPA holds 369 records less than the October 2016 release. This change in the number of records for Mexico is a result of the implementation of the new WDPA_PID format, and a related re-formatting for Mexican records. The change in records does not reflect a change in the total protected

Change in WDPA_PID field

As notified in the previous release, please note that the format of the Parcel ID (WDPA_PID field) has changed from Double to Text. The WDPA_PID field now consists of the WDPAID followed by an underscore (_) and an uppercase letter (for example, the Peru protected area, Pacaya Samiria, which has a WDPAID of 249 has two parcels associated with it and these WDPA_PID's are now listed as 249_A and 249_B). Parcel ID's are assigned to zones of protected areas where data providers have noted differences in terms of management. The Parcel ID is unique to each feature in the WDPA (i.e. each row in the attribute table), while the WDPAID is unique to each protected area in the WDPA. This month's changes affect 616 protected areas, mainly in Australia, Canada, Mexico and Peru.

WDPA Manual

WDPA User Manual:We are pleased to announce that the WDPA User Manual has been translated into French and Spanish. Additionally, the Manual has been updated with an appendix on WDPA Data Contributor Agreements (Appendix 2), and has undergone general updates and edits based on user feedback. Version 1.3 of the User Manual is now available in three languages through the geodatabase download above and via the following links:

English: http://wcmc.io/WDPA_Manual

French: http://wcmc.io/WDPA_Manual_FR

Spanish: http://wcmc.io/WDPA_Manual_ES




Polygon

Point

Country Update type Added Removed Updated Added Removed Updated Point converted to Polygon
Burundi Partial
2
0
7
0 0
3
5
Cameroon Partial 0
49
48
0 2
0
7
Cuba Complete 39
87
172
0 1
0 0
Mexico Partial 0 0 1,036
0 0
0
0
Total
41 136 1,263
0
3
3
12


Added:New feature added in the WDPA (ie. a new WDPAID was created)

Removed : Number of feature removed from the WDPA (ie. a WDPAID was removed from the database)

Updated : Modifications/updates of the geometry or some attributes of existing feature in the WDPA (ie. a feature with an existing WDPAID)

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Summary of current data in preparation:


The data set status is defined as either:
1) New data set received, 2) Under review by UNEP-WCMC, 3) Under validation by data provider or 4) Final approval stages.


Data Set Status
Argentina
Final approval stages

Equatorial Guinea Final approval stages
Kuwait
Final approval stages
Tanzania Final approval stages
Uruguay
Final approval stages
Peru
Under validation by data provider
Chile Under validation by data provider
Colombia
Under validation by data provider
Ecuador New data set received
New Caledonia New data set received


The use of the monthly release data is bound by the Terms and Conditions of Use of the WDPA.