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.
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.
Point converted to polygon
|Zambia||Partial||8||2||50|| 0|| 0 ||0||1|
|Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha||Partial||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Republic of Korea||Partial||1||1||2||0||0||0||0|
|Papua New Guinea||Complete||6||9||46||0||11||2||3|
|United Arab Emirates||Partial||0||0||1||0||0||0||0|
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, December 2019 Available at: www.protectedplanet.net
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