March 2018 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the March 2018 release of the WDPA is 236,231 comprising of 217,825 polygons and 18,406 point, covering 245 countries and territories.

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Grenada: Update of one site, the Grand Anse Marine Protected Areas from Proposed to Designated. This site is part of Grenadas work on expanding its marine protected areas network and is the 4th Marine Protected Areas to be created by Grenada. For more information on this site please read this news story drafted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry and Fisheries.

United Republic of Tanzania: Partial update to polygon records for 148 Forest Reserves, resulting in more accurate and complete information on management authorities and governance types in the country.

Ramsar Sites, Wetlands of International Importance: Addition of new Ramsar sites for Republic of Congo, Fiji, Italy, Morocco and Senegal with updated Rasmar sites for Ecuador. 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.


Update type



Point converted to polygon







Greneda Partial 0


United Republic of Tanzania Partial 0

0 0
Ramsar sites Partial 7
0 0
0 0 0 2

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

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

Argentina: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Brazil: New dataset received

Bolivia, Plurinational State of: Under validation by data provider

China: Final Approval Stages

Colombia: Final approval stages

Ecuador: Final approval stages

Falkands Islands (Malvinas): Under validation by data provider

Guatemala: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Honduras: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Libya: New dataset received

Lithuania: New dataset received

Malaysia: New dataset received

Mexico: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Mozambique: Under validation by data provider

Peru: New dataset received

Somalia: New dataset received

Tanzania: New dataset received