September 2019 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the September 2019 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 245,848 comprising 225,165 polygons and 20,683 points, covering 245 countries and territories.

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Highlights:

Tonga: the first ever government-approved update for Tonga. All point data has been converted to polygon format or removed, and a further 30 new polygons have been added. The number of polygons in Tonga's dataset has increased from 8 to 50 as a result of this update.

Palau: a full update of nationally-designated sites, including the addition of 37 new sites. This update increases Palau's marine coverage to almost 100%.

South Africa: a complete update of their national dataset. We now receive quarterly updates of their national protected areas data. This update included 28 additions, notably 17 new MPAs designated under Operation Phakisa (https://www.operationphakisa.gov.za/Pages/Home.asp) with reported areas of between 92km2 and 10,710km2. There were also 9 nature reserves (designated in 2019) added, adding approximately 80km2 to South Africa's terrestrial PA network.

Haiti: a complete update for the country.

Europe: a full update of the spatial data on nationally-designated sites in 38 European countries and territories. Over 3,500 new sites have been added. Descriptive data for all polygons has also been updated, and an update of the descriptive data for points will follow shortly. The data has been provided by governments via the European Environment Agency's Common Database on Designated Areas (CDDA). It is the second update provided by the EEA in 2019.

Republic of Korea: a full update of nationally-designated sites, including the addition of over 1,300 new sites.



Country

Update type

Polygon

Point


Point converted to polygon

Added

Removed

Updated


Added

Removed

Updated


Canada
Partial
0
1
0

0
0
0

0
Åaland Islands Partial 0 0 30 0 0 0 0
Albania Partial 4
3
54

0
0
0
0
Austria Partial 95
41
1118
0 0 0
0
Belgium Partial 13
3
1422
0 0 0
0
Bulgaria Partial 1
0
1046
0 0 0
0
Cyprus Partial 3
0 56
0 0 0
0
Czech Republic Partial 27 3
2660
0 0 0
0
Germany Partial 173
176
17470
0 0 0
0
Denmark Partial 134
1476
441

0 0 0
0
Estonia Partial 1550
97
11373

1
24
0
2
Finland Partial 785 0
12813
0 0 0
0
France Partial 0
76
2808
0 0 0
0
United Kingdom Partial 38
16
9371
0 0 0
0
Greece Partial 0 0 803
0 0 0
0
Croatia Partial 0 0 322 0 0 0 0
Hungary Partial 0
0 308
0 0 0
0
Ireland Partial 0 0 156
0 0 0
0
Iceland Partial 0 1
111
0
0 0
1
Italy Partial 4
0 871
0 0 0
0
Liechtenstein Partial 0
0
41

0 0 0
0
Lithuania Partial 0 0 479
0 0 0
0
Luxembourg Partial 6
0 125
0 0 0
0
Latvia
Partial 0 0
677
0 0 0
0
Spain Partial 4
0
1794
0 0 0
0
Republic of North Macedonia Partial 0 0 75
0
0 0
0
Malta Partial 5
0 258
0 0 0
0
Montenegro Partial 0 0
3
0
0 0
0
Netherlands Partial 14
0 180
0 0 0
0
Norway Partial 73
3
3000

0 0 0
0
Poland Partial 8
3
2043
0 0 0
0
Portugal Partial 3
0 229
0 0 0
0
Romania Partial 0
0 944

0 0 0
0
Svalbard and Jan Mayen Partial 0 0 30
0 0 0
0
Saint Pierre and Miquelon Partial 0 0 2
0 0 0
0
Serbia Partial 0
2 0

0 0 0
0
Slovakia Partial 0
0
1152
0 0 0
0
Slovenia Partial 1 2 1191
0 0 0
0
Sweden Partial 567
52
14078

3
12
0
0
Switzerland Partial 11
0 6821

0 0 0
0
South Africa
Complete
28
46
1552

0
0
0

0
Haiti Complete 16 0 4 0 4 0 0
Republic of Korea Complete 1363 44 2029 0 0 0 0
Palau Complete 37 12 26 0 0 0 0
Tonga Complete 30 0 8 0 2 0 12
Philippines Partial 2 0 0 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

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Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2019). Protected areas map of the world, September 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.

Azerbaijan: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Colombia: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Cuba: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Democratic Republic of the Congo: New Dataset Received

Dominica:Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

EEA Common Database on Designated Areas (CDDA): Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Falkands Islands (Malvinas): Under Validation by Data Provider

Guyana: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Honduras: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

India: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Indonesia: Under Validation by Data Provider

Israel: New Dataset Received

Kenya: Under Validation by Data Provider

Mexico: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Myanmar: New Dataset Received

Niue: Under Validation by Data Provider

Senegal: New Dataset Received

Sudan: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Suriname: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Tanzania: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Tuvalu: Under Validation by Data Provider

Uganda: Under Validation by Data Provider

Vietnam: Under review by UNEP-WCMC

Zambia: Under validation by data provider