May 2020 update of the WDPA

The total number of protected area records in the May 2020 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 248,716 comprising 227,548 polygons and 21,168 points, covering 245 countries and territories. test

May 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:

Antigua and Barbuda: This is a complete update for Antigua and Barbuda national sites. This update includes the addition of the proposed protected area Shekerley Mountains Management Area.

Algeria: This is a complete update for Algeria National Sites and now all RAMSAR sites and UNESCO-MAB Biosphere reserves are in polygons.

Madagascar: This is a complete update of national sites in Madagascar from the Ministry of Environment. Includes the addition of 50 sites.

Mongolia: This is a complete update for Mongolia national sites. This update includes 5 new sites, 2 of which are National Parks.

Niger: Three new protected areas were added to the national data including one trans-boundary Regional Park. The W Parks Regional Complex is composed of 3 National Parks in Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. This regional park symbolises the unity and the regionality of the protected areas.

Republic of Korea: This is a complete update for the Republic of Korea national sites. This update includes 54 new sites.

South Africa: Complete update and validation of national sites, including 4 additions: Ingwehumbe Nature Reserve, Doringkloof Nature Reserve, Bosch Berg Nature Reserve and Marico Protected Environment. Amendments in spatial extent for Eagle Rock Private Nature Reserve and Pongola Nature Reserve.

Two newly created HELCOM MPAs in Lithuania and one in Finland.

OSPAR Marine protected areas: 67 new sites in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 3 in Iceland, 3 in Norway, 2 in Spain, and 1 in Portugal.

World Heritage sites: 4 sites added

  • Migratory Bird Sanctuaries along the Coast of Yellow Sea-Bohai Gulf of China (Phase I) (China)
  • Nelson's Dockyard UNESCO World Heritage (Antigua and Barbuda)
  • Vatnajökull National Park - Dynamic Nature of Fire and Ice (Iceland)
  • Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains (South Africa)
Polygons Points
Country Designation name Added Removed Updated/ verified Added Removed Updated/verified Point to polygon Polygon to point
Antigua and Barbuda National designations 2 0 15 0 0 0 0 0
Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba National designations 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Algeria National designations 2 1 4 0 8 2 4 0
Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 0 0 3 0 0 0 47 0
UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 2 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance (Barcelona Convention) 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland National designations 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of Korea National designations 54 9 3,383 0 0 0 0 0
Madagascar National designations 49 31 92 1 5 4 1 0
UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 0 0 19 0 0 0 0 0
Malta Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Mongolia National designations 13 4 88 0 0 0 0 0
Montserrat National designations 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Niger National designations 3 1 6 0 0 0 1 0
UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0
Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 0 0 6 0 0 6 0 0
Virgin Islands (British) National designations 0 0 87 0 0 0 0 0
Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa National designations 4 0 1,564 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

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 Map May2020 Public For Web

Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2020). Protected areas map of the world, May 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
Bolivia Under Validation by Data Provider
Brazil
Under Validation by Data Provider
Costa Rica Under Review by UNEP-WCMC
Dominican Republic Under Review by UNEP-WCMC
Ethiopia Under Validation by Data Provider
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Under Validation by Data Provider
The Gambia Under Validation by Data Provider
Ghana Under Validation by Data Provider
India Under Review by UNEP-WCMC
Kazakhstan Under Validation by Data Provider
Kenya Under Validation by Data Provider
Morocco Final Approval Stages
Nicaragua Under Validation by Data Provider
Nigeria Under Validation by Data Provider
Qatar Final Approval Stages
Senegal Under Validation by Data Provider
Suriname
Under Review by UNEP-WCMC
Togo Under Review by UNEP-WCMC