January 2020 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the January 2020 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 248,305 comprising 227,055 polygons and 21,250 points, covering 245 countries and territories.

January 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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Highlights:

Australia: a complete update of the country’s protected areas.

Cocos (Keeling) Islands: a complete update of Australia's overseas territories.

Christmas Island: a complete update of Australia's overseas territories.

Heard Island and McDonald Islands: a complete update of Australia's overseas territories.

Norfolk Island: a complete update of Australia's overseas territories.

Uruguay: a complete update of Uruguay’s protected area network. Isla de Flores National Park went from Proposed to Designated status.

Brazil: an update of all national site in Brazil (Indigenous Areas and Indigenous Reserves are not included in this update). Nota Bene: please note that there is an issue with the figure reported in the REP_AREA column for these new sites (from WDPAID 555682352 to WDPAID 555682971). This will be rectified in the February release.

Côte d'Ivoire: an update of national sites( Classified Forests and Botanical Reserves are not including in this update).

Canada: update of Canada's national sites (excluding Québec). The update includes the addition of Wildlife Management Areas, Wildland Provincial Parks, and Marine Protected Areas among other designations.

Israel: the first complete update of the country’s protected areas since 2015.


Country

Update type

Polygon

Point

Point converted to polygon

Added

Removed

Updated

Added

Removed

Updated

Australia

Complete

1,805

286

11,153

0

0

0

0

Antarctica

Complete

0

1

12

0

0

0

0

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Partial

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

Christmas Island

Partial

0

2

3

0

0

0

0

Heard Island and McDonald Islands

Partial

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Norfolk Island

Complete

0

0

6

0

0

0

0

Uruguay

Partial

1

2

25

0

7

0

0

Brazil

Partial

285

3

1,531

620

0

0

0

Côte d'Ivoire

Partial

1

0

14

0

0

0

0

Canada

Partial

177

224

3,671

0

0

0

0

French Southern Territories

Complete

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

Israel

Complete

82

23

230

0

16

0

0

Dominica

Partial

0

1

8

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 (2020). Protected areas map of the world, January 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 Review by UNEP-WCMC

India: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Indonesia: Under Validation by Data Provider

Kazakhstan: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Kenya: Under Validation by Data Provider

Samoa: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Senegal: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Sudan: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Suriname: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Tanzania: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Togo: Under Review by UNEP-WCMC

Vietnam: Under Validation by Data Provider