June 2020 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the June 2020 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 248,613 comprising 227,458 polygons and 21,155 points, covering 245 countries and territories.

June 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:

Kenya: partial update of the protected areas under the Kenya Wildlife Service. Mwingi National Reserve and Tsavo Road and Railways National Reserve were added.

Lesotho: full verification of all existing sites, and the addition of Bokong Nature Reserve and Tsehlanyane National Park.

Morocco: a complete update for Morocco national sites. This update includes 25 new Biological and Ecological Interest Sites ,1 new National Park and the removal of 185 Permanent Hunting Reserves because on national revaluation these did not meet the IUCN definition of a PA. Also, this update includes 13 new Ramsar sites and now all Ramsar sites are polygon records.

Kingdom of Eswatini: tabular update and verification for all of eSwatini's protected areas.

Polygons

Points

Country

Designation name

Added

Removed

Updated/ verified

Added

Removed

Updated/verified

Point to polygon

Polygon to point

Kenya

National designations

2

4

66

0

0

0

0

0

Lesotho

National designations

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

World Heritage Site

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Morocco

National designations

56

194

99

0

0

0

0

0

Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance

13

0

12

0

0

0

13

0

UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

Specially Protected Area of Mediterranean Importance (Barcelona Convention)

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Kingdom of Eswatini

National designations

0

0

11

0

0

0

0

0

Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance

0

0

3

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, June 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.

DatasetStatus
AfghanistanUnder Validation by Data Provider
ArgentinaUnder Validation by Data Provider
BoliviaUnder Validation by Data Provider
Brazil
Under Validation by Data Provider
CambodiaFinal Approval Stages
Costa RicaUnder Validation by Data Provider
Dominican RepublicUnder Validation by Data Provider
EgyptFinal Approval Stages
El SalvadorFinal Approval Stages
EthiopiaUnder Validation by Data Provider
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)Under Validation by Data Provider
The GambiaUnder Validation by Data Provider
GhanaFinal Approval Stages
GuatemalaUnder Validation by Data Provider
Guinea-BissauNew Dataset Received
Hong KongUnder Review by UNEP-WCMC
IndiaUnder Review by UNEP-WCMC
KazakhstanUnder Validation by Data Provider
JordanFinal Approval Stages
Myanmar Under Validation by Data Provider
NicaraguaUnder Validation by Data Provider
NigeriaUnder Validation by Data Provider
QatarFinal Approval Stages
SenegalUnder Review by Data Provider
Solomon IslandsUnder Review by UNEP-WCMC
Suriname
Under Validation by Data Provider
TogoFinal Approval Stages
United States Of AmericaUnder Validation by Data Provider
UzbekistanUnder Validation by Data Provider