December 2019 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the December 2019 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 245,900 comprising 225,247 polygons and 20,653 points, covering 245 countries and territories.

December 2019 also sees the first release of the World Database on other effective area-based conservation measures (WD-OECM). The WD-OECM can be combined with the WDPA to reveal how measures beyond protected areas contribute to conservation networks. It can be downloaded here.

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Highlights:

Guyana: a complete update of national designations.

Zambia: the first update of sites under the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW), formerly Zambian Wildlife Authority, since 2003. Updates include the addition of 9 sites; Game Management Areas (which surround National Parks), Wildlife Sanctuaries and a National Park (Lusaka). Zambia now has 36 Game Management Areas, and 59 parks under the authority of DNPW.

Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha: addition of a very large marine protected area, designated as part of the UK's Blue Belt Programme in August 2019.

Papua New Guinea: the first full dataset for PNG verified by the national government. Data for sites not updated in 11 - 14 years have now been reviewed and edited. This update was facilitated by The Nature Conservancy and the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, supported by the BIOPAMA programme.

Armenia: addition of the Caucasus Wildlife Refuge, a privately protected area established by the Foundation for the Protection of Wildlife and Cultural Assets.

New Caledonia: update of protected areas in New Caledonia's southern province.


Country

Update type

Polygon

Point


Point converted to polygon

Added

Removed

Updated


Added

Removed

Updated


Guyana
Complete
0 0
6

0 0 0
0
Azerbaijan
Complete1
1 34

0 0 2

0
Zambia
Partial 8
2
50

0
0
0
1
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaPartial1
0 0

0 0 0
0
Republic of Korea
Partial1
12

0 0
0
0
Papua New Guinea
Complete6
9
46

011
2

3
Armenia
Partial 1
00

0 0 0
0
New Caledonia
Partial 40
0 15

0 0 0
0
Gibraltar
Partial004

000
0
United Arab Emirates
Partial0010000


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

Global Pa Map Dec2019 Public For Web

Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2019). Protected areas map of the world, December 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.

Australia: Final approval stages

Brazil: Under Validation by Data Provider

Canada: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Colombia: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Costa Rica: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Côte D'Ivoire: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Dominica: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Dominican Republic: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Ecuador: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Falkands Islands (Malvinas): Under Validation by Data Provider

Honduras: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

India: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Indonesia: Under Validation by Data Provider

Israel: Under Validation by Data Provider

Kazakhstan: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Kenya: Under Validation by Data Provider

Senegal: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Sudan: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Suriname: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Uruguay: Final approval stages

Vietnam: Under Validation by Data Provider