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.
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.
|Country||Designation name||Added||Removed||Updated/ verified||Added||Removed||Updated/verified||Point to polygon||Polygon to point|
|World Heritage Site||1||0||0||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
Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2020). Protected areas map of the world, April 2020 Available at: www.protectedplanet.net
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.
|Antigua and Barbuda||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|Bolivia||New Dataset Received|
||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|