April 2020 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the April 2020 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 248,560 comprising 227,321 polygons and 21,239 points, covering 245 countries and territories.

April 2020 also sees another release of the World Database on other effective area-based conservation measures (WD-OECM). The WD-OECM can be combined with the WDPA to reveal how measures beyond protected areas contribute to conservation networks. It can be downloaded here.

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Highlights:

Uruguay: A new designated Protected Landscape site was added and boundaries were updated for another Protected Landscape site which had a fourfold increased in area.

Mozambique: This is a full update of all the national Conservation Areas. The National Network of Conservation Areas, led by ANAC, manages 7 national parks, namely Quirimbas, Gorongosa, Mágoè, Bazaruto, Limpopo, Zinave and Banhine, and 12 national reserves, namely Niassa, Gilé, Marromeu, Lake Niassa, Chimanimani, Pomene, Malhazine, Ponta de Ouro and the Inhaca Biological Reserve, the Cape São Sebastião Total Protection Zone, and the Environmental Protection Area of the First and Second Islands. Also falling within the framework of ANAC management are other categories of conservation areas, such as the case of official hunting reserves and game farms, intended for the development of safari tourism and also the 3 Community Conservation Areas of Mitchéu, Tchuma Tchato and Chipanje Chetu, and the Forest Reserves.

Colombia: This is a complete update of their national dataset. A total of 215 terrestrial protected areas have been added, as well as a new MPA of 659 km2.

Ecuador: This is a complete country update (national sites). 'Cotacachi Cayapas' has now been designated as National Park (previously was an Ecological Reserve).

World Heritage sites: 2 sites added and 1 updated

  • Chiribiquete National Park – “The Maloca of the Jaguar” (Colombia)
  • Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley: originary habitat of Mesoamerica (Mexico)
  • French Austral Lands and Seas (North Macedonia & Albania) An extension of an already existing WHS, which now becomes a trans-boundary site.
Polygons Points
Country Designation name Added Removed Updated/ verified Added Removed Updated/verified Point to polygon Polygon to point
Uruguay National designations 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mozambique National designations 21 0 42 0 1 0 0 0
Colombia National designations 216 2 987 0 0 0 0 0
World Heritage Site 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ecuador National designations 0 5 59 0 0 0 0 0
Mexico World Heritage Site 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
North Macedonia & Albania World Heritage Site 0 0 1 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

Global Map Apr2020 PublicCitation: UNEP-WCMC (2020). Protected areas map of the world, April 2020 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 dataset received, 2) Under review by UNEP-WCMC, 3) Under validation by data provider or 4) Final approval stages.

Dataset Status
Antigua and Barbuda Under Validation by Data Provider
BoliviaNew Dataset Received
Brazil
Under Validation by Data Provider
Costa Rica Under Validation by Data Provider
Dominican Republic Under Validation by Data Provider
Ethiopia Under Validation by Data Provider
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Under Validation by Data Provider
The Gambia Under Validation by Data Provider
Ghana New Dataset Received
India Under Review by UNEP-WCMC
Kazakhstan Under Validation by Data Provider
Kenya Under Validation by Data Provider
Madagascar Final Approval Stages
Mongolia Under Validation by Data Provider
Morocco Final Approval Stages
Nicaragua Under Validation by Data Provider
Nigeria Under Validation by Data Provider
Qatar Under Validation by Data Provider
Republic of Korea Under Validation by Data Provider
Senegal Under Validation by Data Provider
South Africa New Dataset Received
Suriname Under Validation by Data Provider