United Nations List of Protected Areas

United Nations List of Protected Areas 2014 (English)

The United Nations List of Protected Areas is a compilation of all designated protected areas in the world. There have been fourteen edition since the publication of the first edition in 1961/62. The List, based upon Resolution 173 (XXVII) of the 1959 session of the UN Economic and Social Council, represents a testimony to the great political commitment that countries have shown towards this global conservation priority.

The 2014 edition of the UN List reflects the significant progress made in the expansion of protected area networks, from just 9,214 sites in 1962 to over 209,000 in 2014. This is the fourteenth edition since the publication of the first edition in 1961/62 and provides information on over 209,000 designated marine and terrestrial protected areas covering more than 30 million km². It includes significant updates since the last edition published in 2003. It is also a testimony to the great political commitment that countries have shown towards this global conservation priority. The United Nations List of Protected Areas complements the Protected Planet Report's detailed assessment of Protected Areas by helping to track progress towards reaching the quantitative aspect of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11: how close we are to reaching 17 per cent coverage of terrestrial areas and 10 per cent of nationally administered marine areas by 2020. While the present edition of the UN List indicates that the coverage component of Aichi Target 11 of 17 per cent for terrestrial areas is on track to being reached, it also suggests that despite significant recent increases in the coverage of marine protected areas, urgent efforts are needed to accelerate progress if we are to reach globally agreed goals. The current UN List is a great example of what governments and their partners can achieve by working in cooperation towards a common goal. It is our hope that the investments that have been made in protected areas will continue in order to ensure that we have fully functioning and sustainably managed natural habitats to help us move forward towards the future we want.

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