Sept update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the September 2017 release of the WDPA is 233,895 comprising of 215,447 polygons and 18,448 point, covering 245 countries and territories.

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World Heritage Sites: Complete update of all natural World Heritage Sites including the addition of three new sites – Landscapes of Dauria shared between Mongolia & the Russian Federation, Los Alerces in Argentina and Qinghai Hoh Xil in China

Saudi Arabia: Complete update of protected areas data for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this is the first update in over 10 years. All points have been either removed or replaced by polygon data.

Democratic Republic of Congo: Addition of one new site,Lomami National Park, for the Democratic Republic of Congo and updated boundary for Sankuru Nature Reserve. This is the result of enhanced partnership with several organisations working in this country particularly WCS and the Fondation Lukuru.

Ramsar Sites, Wetlands of International Importance: Partial update of 1 Ramsar sites, Al Zorah, from the United Arab Emirates. This update is part of a series of updates on Ramsar data within the WDPA, resulting from enhanced data flows between UNEP-WCMC, the Ramsar Secretariat and member states.

Liechtenstein: Complete update of all protected areas data for Liechtenstein.

UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserves: Partial update to Man and Biosphere Reserves sites across three countries (Ghana, Honduras & Ecuador) with an update of existing boundary information and the addition of 1 site for Ghana, 2 sites for Honduras and two sites for Ecuador.

French Southern Territories: Following renewed discussions with the Direction de l'Environnement of the Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises there has been an update of Réserve Naturelle Nationale des Terres australes françaises to incorporate the Périmètre de protection into the main site.



Update type



Point converted to polygon







World Heritage Sites:


Saudi Arabia
Partial 23

0 0
Democratic Republic of Congo
Partial 1
0 1

0 0 0
Ramsar Sites, Wetlands of International Importance Partial 1
0 1
0 0 0 0
Liechtenstein 5
0 0 0 0
UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserves Partial 5
0 1
0 0 0 4
French Southern Territories 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], September2017, Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC and IUCN. Available at:

Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2017). Protected areas map of the world, September 2017. Available at:

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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:





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.

Lebanon: Final approval stages

Andorra: Final approval stages

Jordan: Final approval stages

Ecuador: Final approval stages

Bahamas: Under validation by data provider

Argentina: Under validation by data provider

Bolivia: Under validation by data provider

Colombia: Final approval stages

Malawi: New dataset received

Mozambique: Under validation by data provider

Falkands Islands (Malvinas): Under validation by data provider

Mexico: New dataset received

Republic of Korea: New dataset received