August 2018 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the August 2018 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 235,536 comprising of 218,542 polygons and 16,994 point, covering 245 countries and territories.

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Chile:Complete update, resulting in the addition of seven polygons and updates to a further 195 records. This includes the addition of the 580,000 km² Rapa Nui Marine and Coastal Protected Area.

Jersey: Complete update of all 29 polygon records, with the status of four records changing from proposed to designated. This is the first update for Jersey since April 2017.

Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance: Partial update involving the addition of eight new records across five countries (see table below). Including the addition of the 120,016 km² Rio Negro site located in the Brazilian Amazon.


Update type



Point converted to polygon







Chile Complete 7 0

Jersey Complete 0 0 29
0 0
Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance Partial 8 0 0 0
0 0 0
Vanuatu Partial 0 0 0 0 1 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

Global Pa Map Aug2018 Public For Web

Source: UNEP-WCMC and IUCN (2018), Protected Planet: The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) [On-line], August 2018, Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC and IUCN. Available at:

Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2018). Protected areas map of the world, August 2018 Availabe 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, Russian and Arabic. 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 five languages via the following links:






New: Protected Area Management Effectiveness– Country pages on Protected Planet now display information on the management effectiveness of national-level protected areas, as reported by data providers. Pages for individual protected areas now also provide information on whether the sites have Monitoring and Evaluation data in the Global Database on Protected Area Management Effectiveness (GD-PAME).

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

Brazil: Under validation by data provider

Bolivia, Plurinational State of: Under validation by data provider

Canada: New Dataset Received

Colombia Under validation by data provider

Costa Rica: Under validation by data provider

Falkands Islands (Malvinas): Under validation by data provider

Guatemala Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Mexico: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Mozambique: Under validation by data provider

Nigeria: Under validation by data provider

Seychelles: Under validation by data provider