December 2018 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the October 2018 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 235,585 comprising of 218,669 polygons and 16,916 points, covering 245 countries and territories.

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Canada: Partial update: Update of all nationally designated protected areas (except in Quebec). This included the the verification of approximately 4,000 sites and the addition of 160 new polygon records, with the largest of these sites being Tallurutiup (Lancaster Sound) National Marine Conservation Area which has a total area of 109,000 km2. There are also a number of indigenous led protected areas such as Van Tat K'atr'anahtii (Old Crow Flats) First Nation Settlement Land.

Tanzania: Partial update: Inclusion of a new protected area (Minziro Nature Forest Reserve). This protected area was first established a Forest Reserve in 1947 and was redesignated as a Nature Forest Reserve in 2016 due to its high biological diversity values.

Protected Planet Report 2018:UNEP-WCMC and partners recently launched the Protected Planet Report 2018 at the CBD COP in Egypt, describing the current status of the world's global protected area coverage. Just under 15% of the world's terrestrial and inland waters, over 16% of the coastal and marine areas within national jurisdiction, and approximately 7.3% of the global ocean are covered by protected areas. Please click here to access the report and here to access the website report.

2018 United Nations List of Protected Areas - Supplement on protected area management effectiveness: UNEP-WCMC and partners also launched a new edition of the United Nations List of Protected Areas focused on protected area management effectiveness. While the quantitative aspect of Aichi Target 11 is on track to be reached, further efforts are required to achieve the quantitative elements of the Target, including on the effectiveness of management. Indeed, information on management effectiveness is available for just under 1% of the global protected area estate. The report, along with the countries' official list of protected areas, is available in English and in French here.


Update type



Point converted to polygon







Canada Partial 198 136 3,614

Tanzania Partial 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 Nov2018 Public

Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2018). Protected areas map of the world, October 2018 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, 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.

Brazil: Under validation by data provider

Canada: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Colombia Under validation by data provider

Costa Rica: Under validation by data provider

Falkands Islands (Malvinas): Under validation by data provider

Mozambique: Under validation by data provider

Nigeria: Under validation by data provider

Peru: Under validation by data provider

Seychelles: Under validation by data provider

Kenya: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Madagascar: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Vietnam: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

EEA: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Cameroon: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Congo (Democratic Republic of): Under review by UNEP-WCMC