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Protected Planet is the most up to date and complete source of data on protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs), updated monthly with submissions from governments, non-governmental organizations, landowners and communities.

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Global coverage of protected areas and OECMs

252,402: Protected Areas

Terrestrial protected area coverage


17,959: Protected Areas

Marine protected area coverage


252,402: Protected Areas

479: OECMs

Terrestrial protected area & OECM coverage


17,959: Protected Areas

192: OECMs

Marine protected area & OECM coverage

Statistics updated: December 2021

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Protected Planet Report 2020

Tracking progress towards global targets for protected and conserved areas

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