April 2019 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the April 2019 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 242,783 comprising 222,015 polygons and 20, 768 points, covering 245 countries and territories.

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Eswatini: This is a complete update of Eswatini's protected area network. Notable change is the addition of Lubuyane Nature Reserve to the WDPA. 11 sites that do not meet the definition of a protected area have been removed, but will be included in our Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures (OECM) database later in 2019. These Conserved Areas are contributing to conservation but do not have conservation as the primary objective.

Solomon Islands: An update of the descriptive information for 51 of the protected areas in the Solomon Islands. Five point records have been deleted as they were identified as duplicates of polygon records. This is the first ever government-approved update of the country's data. It was facilitated by the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, supported by the BIOPAMA programme.


Update type



Point converted to polygon







Eswatini Complete 1 11 13
0 0

Solomon Islands Complete 0 0
0 5 14

Added: New feature added in the WDPA (i.e. a new WDPAID was created)

Removed : Number of feature removed from the WDPA (i.e. a WDPAID was removed from the database)

Updated : Modifications/updates of the geometry or some attributes of existing feature in the WDPA (i.e. a feature with an existing WDPAID.

Map of Protected Areas based on monthly update

Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2019). Protected areas map of the world, April 2019 Available at: www.protectedplanet.net

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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: New dataset received

Costa Rica: Under validation by data provider

Falkands Islands (Malvinas): Under validation by data provider

India: New dataset received

Kenya: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Korea (Republic of): Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Seychelles: Under validation by data provider

Tonga: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Vietnam: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Zambia: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Angola: New Dataset Received

South Africa: New Dataset Received

Palau: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Tuvalu: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Sudan: New Dataset Received

Azerbaijan: New Dataset Received

Congo, Democratic Republic of: New Dataset Received