October update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the Octoberr 2017 release of the WDPA is 234,468 comprising of 216,026 polygons and 18,442 point, covering 245 countries and territories.

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Andorra: Complete update of all protected area records in Andorra, involving the conversion of two points to polygons and an update to all Ramsar sites in the country. This is the first update since 1993

Australia: Complete update of the data for Australia and its overseas territories, based on the newly released version of the Collaborative Australian Protected Area Database (CAPAD).

Haiti: Partial update to the boundaries of four sites. This is the first update since 1986. The new data was secured by meeting regional contacts at the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC4) conference in Chile in September 2017.

Spain: First ICCA (territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities) to have gone through a nationally-determined peer-review process in order to be added to WDPA.

United Arab Emirates Partial update resulting in the integration of eight newly designated protected area records. The sites, designated in 2016, are national level designations and have added a combined area of approximately 2,500 km2 to the UAE's protected area network. Protected area records for the UAE have been updated several times in the past year, benefiting from a close working relationships with data providers.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Isle of Man: Partial update involving the addition of 45 records for privately protected areas under ownership of two UK-based charities, PlantLife and Butterfly Conservation. These records were added as a result of UNEP-WCMC's continued collaboration in the Putting Nature on the Map Project, which aims to map all privately protected areas in the UK.


Update type



Point converted to polygon








Complete 754

0 0
Partial 0
0 0

0 0 0
Spain Partial 1
0 0
0 0 0 0
United Arab Emirates Partial

0 0 0
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Partial 44
0 0 0 0 0
Isle of Man Partial 1
0 0 0 0 0
Ramsar Sites, Wetlands of International Importance Partial 3
0 65
0 0 0 4
UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserves Partial 0
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 (2017), Protected Planet: The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) [On-line], October 2017, Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC and IUCN. Available at: www.protectedplanet.net.

Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2017). Protected areas map of the world, October 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, Spanish and Russian. 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 1.5 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

Russian: http://wcmc.io/WDPA_Manual_RU

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.

Argentina: Under validation by data provider

Bahamas: Under validation by data provider

Bolivia: Under validation by data provider

Falkands Islands (Malvinas): Under validation by data provider

Mozambique: Under validation by data provider

Ecuador: Final approval stages

Colombia: Final approval stages

Honduras: New dataset received

Malawi: New dataset received

Mexico: New dataset received

Republic of Korea: New dataset received

Myanmar: New dataset received

Common Databse on Designated Areas (European Environment Agency) : New dataset received

Ramsar Sites, Wetlands of International Importance: New dataset received