May update of WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the May 2017 release of the WDPA is 233,882 comprising of 215,281 polygons and 18,601 points.

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Highlights:

Kiribati:Updated boundary for Phoenix Islands Protected Area.

British Virgin Islands: Complete update of national-level protected areas in the British Virgin Islands, resulting in the addition of 55 protected area records and the conversion of 25 point records to polygons.

Liberia: Update of the protected areas network for Liberia.

Ramsar Sites, Wetlands of International Importance: Continued partial update to Ramsar sites, including the addition of 21 new sites and 30 points converted to polygons,following the provision of spatial boundaries by the Ramsar Sites Information Service and updates from relevant national inventories of protected areas, for 16 countries and territories across 16 countries. These include Ramsar sites designated in 2017 in Burkina Faso, France, Guernsey, Madagascar, Myanmar and South Africa. More frequent updates of Ramsar data within the WDPA are anticipated, due to enhanced data flows between UNEP-WCMC, the Ramsar Secretariat and member states.

Natura 2000: We have received an update of the EU 28 Natura 2000 network. The new update consists of 29,482 records- which is a net update of 200 from the previous version, there have been a number of sites added (228 in all) and removed (28 in all) from several countries . This update is based upon the “end 2016" version of the Natura 2000 database- this is the composite version of all updates by EU Member States made throughout 2016.

Maldives: Update of boundaries for the country.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Update of attributes for a number of sites.

Country

Update type

Polygon

Point


Point converted to polygon

Added

Removed

Updated


Added

Removed

Updated


Kiribati
Partial
0
0
1

0
0
0

0
Guernsey Partial 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Liberia
Partial
0
2 14
0 0
0
0
British Virgin Islands Complete 55 1 7 0 0
Ramsar Sites, Wetlands of International Importance: Partial 15 0 11 0 0 0 0
Natura 2000 Complete 228
28
29,254
0 0 0
0
Maldives
Complete 0
0 42 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Partial 0 0 797 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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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
Colombia Final Approval Stages
Ecuador Final Approval Stages
UNESCO Man and Biosphere reserves Final Approval Stages
Lebanon New Dataset Received
Anguilla Under Review by UNEP-WCMC
Aruba Under Review by UNEP-WCMC
New Caledonia Under Review by UNEP-WCMC
Argentina (provincial level) Under Validation by Data Provider
Bahamas
Under Validation by Data Provider
Bolivia Under Validation by Data Provider
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius & Saba Under Validation by Data Provider
France New Dataset Received

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