June 2019 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the June 2019 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 242,843 comprising 222, 075 polygons and 20,768 points, covering 245 countries and territories.

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Peru: We receive updates from Peru every few months with changes. This update includes the addition of 5 new terrestrial sites: Naturaleza Viva Ryo (0.2km2), Masheke (3.6km2), Páramos y Bosques Montanos, Paraíso de la Comunidad Campesina San Felipe (19.5km2), Knoya - Supru (25.5km2), Bosques de Shunté y Mishollo (1914km2).and the removal of one site: Huamanmarca - Ochuro - Tumpullo.

It also involves an attribute update to ownership type, governance type, status, IUCN management category, management authority and management plan links to 97 sites in line with the WDPA schema. The attributes of the other 133 sites (Areas de Conservación Privada) will be updated next month.

Chile: This represents a small partial update of CHL's protected area network, adding two new sites both designated in 2019 (Alacalufes Wildlife Reserve Reservation and Kawésqar National Park), which combined cover ~50,000 km2 in along the southwest coastline of Patagonia. This is the second of a series of updates from Chile who provide sites as and when they are designated to UNEP-WCMC.

Kenya: This was an update to the attributes of one site: Mara North Community Conservancy. The IUCN management category was changed to VI, and the Governance Type to 'Shared governance'.

Palestine, State of: No change to the data - it was verified as correct

South Africa: A complete annual update for all protected areas of South Africa. An addition of 54 terrestrial sites to the database, 35 of which were designated in 2018. Of the new sites there are a mixture of nature reserves, protected environments, and two forest nature reserves.


Update type



Point converted to polygon







Peru Partial
5 1 97
0 0

Chile Partial 3 2 1

0 0

Partial 0 0 1
0 0 0
Palestine, State of Complete 0 0 51 0 0 0 0
South Africa Complete 54 0 1544 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, June 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: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

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 validation by data provider

Angola: New Dataset Received

South Africa: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

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

Niue: New Dataset Received

Colombia: New Dataset received

Peru: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Zimbabwe: New Dataset Received

Uganda: New Dataset Received