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.
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.
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Point converted to polygon
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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
Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2018). Protected areas map of the world, October 2018 Available at: www.protectedplanet.net
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:
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