February 2020 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the February 2020 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 248,303 comprising 227,053 polygons and 21,250 points, covering 245 countries and territories.

February 2020 also sees the second 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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Tanzania: This update comprises Forest Reserves that have changed in designation (upgraded) to Forest Nature Reserves through the following UNDP project: https://www.tz.undp.org/content/tanzania/en/home/projects/enhancing-forest-nature-reserves.html. The update also includes the removal of 4 sites that have been degazetted; Malya Stock Farm, Marenda, Puge North and Ziba.


Update type



Point converted to polygon
















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 Feb2020 Public For Web

Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2020). Protected areas map of the world, February 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 data set received, 2) Under review by UNEP-WCMC, 3) Under validation by data provider or 4) Final approval stages.

Brazil: Under Validation by Data Provider

Colombia: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Costa Rica: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Democratic Republic of the Congo: New Dataset Received

Dominican Republic: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Ecuador: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Falkands Islands (Malvinas): Under Validation by Data Provider

Honduras: Under Validation by Data Provider

India: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Indonesia: Under Validation by Data Provider

Kazakhstan: Under Validation by Data Provider

Kenya: Under Validation by Data Provider

Madagascar: Under Validation by Data Provider

Malidives: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Nigeria: New Dataset Received

Samoa: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Senegal: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Sudan: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Suriname: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Togo: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Vietnam: Under Validation by Data Provider