March 2019 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the March 2019 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 242,798 comprising of 222,025 polygons and 20,773 points, covering 245 countries and territories.

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Highlights:

Canada: Partial update, resulting in updated data for all national level protected area records in Québec. This includes the addition of 539 new polygon records made up of 40 protected areas located in the marine realm and 499 terrestrial protected areas. The largest new terrestrial addition is 'Ulittaniujalik' national park, which was designated in 2016 and covers 5,293 km2. The largest marine addition is the 'Aire de concentration d'oiseaux aquatiques deSaint-Hélier 18-10-02', adding a reported 9.74 km2 to the network of water fowl gathering areas along the Peninsule de la Gaspesie.

Jordan – Partial update resulting in the addition of one new polygon record for the 'Dahek Nature Reserve', and further updates to three records for Nature Reserves: the 'Burqu Nature Reserve', which was designated in 2018, and two reserves whose boundaries have been expanded, the 'Azraq Wetland Reserve' and the 'Mujib Nature Reserve'. The Azraq Wetland Reserve, overlaps with a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance.

Peru – Complete update of Peru's national level protected areas resulting in the addition of 10 new polygon records including Private Conservation Areas, Regional Conservation Areas and Communal Reserves.


Country

Update type

Polygon

Point


Point converted to polygon

Added

Removed

Updated


Added

Removed

Updated


CanadaPartial539304,036
0
0
0

0
ChilePartial30
1
00
0
0
JordanPartial1030000
PeruComplete1011150000
UgandaPartial0010000


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 Mar2019 Public For Web

Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2019). Protected areas map of the world, March 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: New dataset received

Brazil: Under validation by data provider

Colombia Under validation by data provider

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

Solomon Islands: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Tonga: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Vietnam: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Zambia: Under review by UNEP-WCMC