Thematic Areas

294,035 Protected Areas

Protected Areas (WDPA)

The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the most comprehensive global database on terrestrial and marine protected areas.

19,709 Protected Areas

Management Effectiveness (PAME)

Comprising many thousands of assessments of how well a protected area is being managed – primarily the extent to which it is protecting values and achieving goals and objectives.

881 OECMs

Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (WDOECM)

OECMs complement protected areas through sustained, positive conservation outcomes, even though they may be managed primarily for other reasons. They are documented in the World Database on OECMs.

Territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs)

The ICCA Registry website is an online information platform for territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs), where communities themselves provide data, case studies, maps, photos and stories.

128 Protected Areas

The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas

The IUCN Green List is a new global standard for protected areas. The list recognises success in achieving conservation outcomes and measures progress in effective management of protected areas.


Beyond protected and conserved areas what is the contribution of ecological corridors to achieving global conservation goals?

Equitable Governance

Equity relates to how fairly a protected area is governed: who has a say in decisions, how decisions are taken, and how the costs and benefits are shared.

18,436 Protected Areas

Marine Protected Areas

Over 70% of the surface of Earth is ocean, comprised of highly diverse ecosystems, and providing a wide range of marine ecosystem services that support human society, health and the economy. This website presents the most recent official coverage statistics for marine protected areas.


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Protected Planet Report 2020

Tracking progress towards global targets for protected and conserved areas

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