01 February 21
The total number of protected area records in the February 2021 release of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is 257,817, comprising 245,606 polygons and 12,211 points and covering 245 countries and territories.
The total number of other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) in the February 2021 release of the WD-OECM is 143, comprising 143 polygons and 0 points and covering 3 countries and territories.
Philippines: This is a complete update for the protected areas of the Philippines for the first time since 2012 and includes the addition of 47 sites.
Nigeria: Ise Forest, established in 2020 with the support of SW/Niger Delta Forest Project. Covering 33km2, managed by Ekiti State Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
|Country||Designation Type||Designation name||Polygons (+)||Polygons (-)||Polygons Updated/ verified||Points (+)||Points (-)||Points Updated/verified||Point to polygon||Polygon to point|
|International||Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance||0||0||2||0||0||5||0||0|
|International||World Heritage Site||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|International||UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve||0||0||0||1||0||2||0||0|
|Regional||ASEAN Heritage Park||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Updated: Modifications/updates of the geometry and/or attributes of existing features in the WDPA or WD-OECM (i.e. features with existing WDPAIDs). Also covers features that have been verified as accurate (i.e. no changes need to be made). Removed: Number of features removed from the WDPA or WD-OECM (i.e. WDPAIDs removed from the databases). Added: Number of features added to the WDPA or WD-OECM (i.e. new WDPAIDs created).
Citation: UNEP-WCMC (2021). Protected areas map of the world, February 2021 Available at: www.protectedplanet.net
1) New dataset received, 2) Under review by UNEP-WCMC, 3) Under validation by data provider or 4) Final approval stages.
|Benin||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|Bolivia||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|Brazil||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|Burundi||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|Cameroon||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|Central African Republic||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|Democratic Republic of Congo||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|Dominican Republic||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|Egypt||Final Approval Stages|
|Falkland Islands (Malvinas)||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|Hong Kong||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|India||Under Review by UNEP-WCMC|
|Indonesia||Under Review by UNEP-WCMC|
|Korea, Republic of||New Dataset Received|
|Liberia||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|Morocco||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|Myanmar||Under Validation by UNEP-WCMC|
|Nigeria||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|Philippines||Under Review by UNEP-WCMC|
|South Africa||Under Review by Data Provider|
|Suriname||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|Tunisia||Under Validation by Data Provider|
|Vanuatu||Final Approval Stages|
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