June 2018 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the June 2018 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 234,793 comprising of 217,795 polygons and 16,998 point, covering 245 countries and territories.

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Guatemala: Complete update, resulting in the addition of three new polygon records and updates to a further 150 polygon records. The existing polygon records were added in March 2018 and were updated to include new information on their status year and management authority.

Brazil: Partial update to national level protected area records, resulting in changes to the country's polygon records. This update includes the addition of 177 new records, updates to a further 1,363 records, and the removal of 84 records following their validation by the Brazilian Ministry of Environment.

Iraq – Partial update. The polygon boundary for a World Heritage Site, The Ahwar of Southern Iraq: Refuge of Biodiversity and the Relict Landscape of the Mesopotamian Cities, has been updated to match boundaries outlined within the World Heritage nomination file.


Update type



Point converted to polygon







Guatemala Partial 3 0

Brazil Partial 177 84 1,363
0 0
Iraq Partial 0
0 1 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

Map of Protected Areas

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

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

Brazil: Under validation by data provider

Bolivia, Plurinational State of: Under validation by data provider

Colombia: Final approval stages

Costa Rica: Under validation by data provider

Ecuador: Final approval stages

Falkands Islands (Malvinas): Under validation by data provider

Libya: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Lithuania: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Mexico: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Mozambique: Under validation by data provider

Nigeria: Under validation by data provider

Saint Helena:New dataset received

Seychelles: Under validation by data provider

Sri Lanka: New dataset received

United Arab Emirates: New dataset received