February 2019 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the February 2019 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 242,706 comprising of 221,503 polygons and 20,773 points, covering 245 countries and territories.

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Cameroon – Partial update resulting in the addition of new polygon boundaries for theDouala Edéa protected area, which was expanded and upgraded from a Faunal Reserve (IUCN Management Category IV) to a National Park (IUCN Management Category II). The polygon boundaries for the Faunal Reserve were removed.

Ukraine – Partial update resulting in updated polygon boundaries for the Ukrainian section of the natural World Heritage site Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and other regions of Europe. This update reflects an extension made to the site's boundaries in Ukraine, which occurred in 2017. The extension on the site resulted in an increase of its boundaries from 583.53 km2 to 920.23 km2.


Update type



Point converted to polygon







Cameroon Partial 1 1 0

Ukraine Partial 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.

Map of Protected Areas based upon monthly update

Global Pa Map Feb2019 Public

Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2018). Protected areas map of the world, October 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, Russian and Arabic. 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 five languages 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

Arabic: http://wcmc.io/WDPA_Manual_AR

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.

Brazil: Under validation by data provider

Canada (Quebec): Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Colombia Final approval stages

Congo (Democratic Republic of): Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Costa Rica: Under validation by data provider

Falkands Islands (Malvinas): Under validation by data provider

India: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Kenya: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Mozambique: Under validation by data provider

Nigeria: Under validation by data provider

Peru: Under validation by data provider

Seychelles: Under validation by data provider

Vietnam: Under review by UNEP-WCMC