August 2020 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the August 2020 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 261,766 comprising 240,689 polygons and 21,077 points, covering 245 countries and territories.

August 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:

Europe: This represents the only Nationally designated areas (CDDA) update for 2020 from the European Environment Agency (EEA). As per previous CDDA updates it constitutes an update to over 100,000 nationally designated sites across Europe. Of particular note are the changes to Switzerland (3591 new sites), Estonia (1122 new sites), Finland (999 new sites) and Sweden (256 new sites).

Guinea-Bissau: This is a complete update for Guinea-Bissau which includes the addition of the Cuntabane Faunal Migratory Corridor. For 19 of the sites this is the first time they been verified since 1988.

United Republic of Tanzania: A partial update for Tanzania including the addition of missing status years for 378 sites.

South Africa: Complete update for South Africa, including the addition of 6 new sites: Lapalala Nature Reserve, Lekgalametsi Nature Reserve, Areb Nature Reserve, Marietjie van Niekerk Nature Reserve, Karas Nature Reserve and Meerkat National Park.

Polygons Points
Country Designation name Added Removed Updated Added Removed Updated Point to polygon Polygon to point
United Republic of Tanzania National designations 0 0 395 0 0 0 0 0
Ukraine National designations 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Albania National designations 0 0 58 0 0 742 0 0
Terres australes et antarctiques françaises National designations 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Austria National designations 11 1 1211 0 0 0 0 0
Belgium National designations 82 26 1429 0 0 0 0 0
Bulgaria National designations 2 0 1047 0 0 0 0 0
Bosnia and Herzegovina National designations 27 0 0 13 0 0 0 0
Saint Barthélemy National designations 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
Switzerland National designations 3591 0 6832 0 0 0 0 0
Cyprus National designations 0 0 59 0 0 0 0 0
Czech Republic National designations 29 4 2683 0 0 0 0 0
Germany National designations 225 122 17521 0 0 0 0 0
Denmark National designations 9 0 575 0 0 0 0 0
Spain National designations 18 0 1798 0 0 0 0 0
Estonia National designations 1122 176 12748 0 20 898 2 1
Finland National designations 999 29 12784 0 0 0 0 0
France National designations 47 9 3585 0 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland National designations 68 9 9400 0 0 0 0 0
Guadeloupe National designations 1 0 81 0 0 0 0 0
Greece National designations 0 0 803 0 0 0 0 0
Greenland National designations 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0
French Guyana National designations 0 0 35 0 0 0 0 0
Croatia National designations 2 0 322 0 1 85 0 0
Hungary National designations 3 0 308 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland National designations 0 0 155 0 0 0 0 0
Israel National designations 5 0 112 0 0 0 0 0
Italy National designations 1 0 875 0 0 0 0 0
Liechtenstein National designations 3 0 41 0 0 0 0 0
Lithuania National designations 0 0 479 0 0 0 0 0
Luxembourg National designations 3 0 131 0 0 0 0 0
Latvia National designations 9 6 671 0 0 0 0 0
Saint Martin National designations 0 0 18 0 0 0 0 0
The Republic of North Macedonia National designations 0 5 70 0 0 4 0 0
Malta National designations 6 0 263 0 0 0 0 0
Montenegro National designations 2 0 3 1 1 41 7 0
Martinique National designations 1 0 68 0 0 0 0 0
Mayotte National designations 0 0 29 0 0 0 0 0
Netherlands National designations 0 0 194 0 0 0 0 0
Norway National designations 86 3 3071 0 0 0 1 0
Poland National designations 6 0 2051 0 0 0 0 0
Portugal National designations 2 0 232 0 0 0 0 0
Réunion National designations 0 0 32 0 0 0 0 0
Romania National designations 0 0 944 0 0 0 0 0
Svalbard and Jan Mayen National designations 0 0 29 0 0 0 0 0
Saint Pierre and Miquelon National designations 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Serbia National designations 13 2 361 0 0 0 0 0
Slovakia National designations 0 0 1191 0 0 0 0 0
Slovenia National designations 172 305 870 0 0 865 0 0
Sweden National designations 256 8 14637 16 3 1154 0 0
South Africa National designations 6 0 1,568 0 0 0 0 0
Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 0 0 23 0 0 0 0 0
UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
World Heritage Site 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0
Guinea-Bissau National designations 1 4 18 0 0 8 1 0
Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Åland Islands National designations 0 0 30 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand National designations 0 1 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

Global Pa Map Aug2020 Public For Web

Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2020). Protected areas map of the world, August 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
Afghanistan Under Validation by Data Provider
Bolivia Under Validation by Data Provider
Brazil
Under Validation by Data Provider
Burkina Faso Under Validation by Data Provider
Colombia Under Review by UNEP-WCMC
Costa Rica Under Validation by Data Provider
Dominican Republic Under Validation by Data Provider
Egypt Final Approval Stages
Ethiopia Under Validation by Data Provider
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Under Validation by Data Provider
Guatemala Under Validation by Data Provider
Hong Kong Under Validation by Data Provider
India Under Review by UNEP-WCMC
Kazakhstan Under Validation by Data Provider
Malaysia Under Review by UNEP-WCMC
Nicaragua Under Validation by Data Provider
Nigeria Under Validation by Data Provider
Philippines Under Review by UNEP-WCMC
Qatar Final Approval Stages
Senegal Under Review by Data Provider
Suriname
Under Validation by Data Provider
The GambiaUnder Validation by Data Provider
Tunisia Under Validation by Data Provider