May 2019 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the May 2019 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 242,784 comprising 222,016 polygons and 20,768 points, covering 245 countries and territories.

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Highlights:

Austria: addition of Sulzbachtäler Wilderness Area, an IUCN category Ib protected area nested within the Hohe Tauern National Park.

Chile: removal of two protected areas and addition of two, including a Ramsar site, Wetland of International Importance.

Country

Update type

Polygon

Point


Point converted to polygon

Added

Removed

Updated


Added

Removed

Updated


Austria Partial
1 0
0

0
0 0

0
Chile Partial 2
2
1

0 0
0

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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, May 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