July update of WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the July 2017 release of the WDPA is 234,008 comprising of 215,427 polygons and 18,581 point, covering 245 countries and territories.

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Sweden: Update of two Natura 2000 sites in Northern Sweden, Torne och Kalix älvsystem and Piteälven, both sites are river networks.

United Kingdom:Partial update of protected areas, including the addition of 117 privately protected areas in Scotland. These protected areas have been added as the result of an International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) project, Putting Nature on the Map, which aims to capture the full range of protected areas in the UK

Antarctica/ Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Partial update, resulting in the inclusion of five proposed records composing the Ross Sea Region Marine Protected Area. The site has been proposed by the Commission for the Convention on Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and will become a designated protected area of around 2 million km2 in December 2017.


Update type



Point converted to polygon







Sweden Partial


United Kingdom Partial 117
0 0
0 0
0 0
Antarctica/Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Partial 1 0 1 0 0 0 0

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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Map of Protected Areas based upon monthly update

Source: UNEP-WCMC and IUCN (year), Protected Planet: The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) [On-line], July 2017, Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC and IUCN. Available at: www.protectedplanet.net.

Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2017). Protected areas map of the world, July 2017. Available at: www.protectedplanet.net

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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 1.4 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

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.

Under validation by data provider

Data Set Status
Andorra New Dataset Received
Malawi New Dataset Received
Mozambique New Dataset Received
Argentina (provincial level) Under Validation by Data Provider
Bahamas Under Validation by Data Provider
Bolivia Under Validation by Data Provider
British Virgin Islands Under Validation by Data Provider
Colombia Final approval stages
Ecuador Final approval stages
Lebanon Final approval stages
New Caledonia Under review by UNEP-WCMC

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