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The World Database on Protected Areas is a foundation dataset for conservation decision making. It contains crucial information from national governments, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, international biodiversity convention secretariats and many others. It is used for ecological gap analysis, environmental impact analysis and is increasingly used for private sector decision-making. For more information click here.


World Database on Marine Protected Areas

Protected Areas Management Effectiveness Information Module

Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) for Business

Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS)

Rapid Assessment Of Land Use Change In and Around Protected Areas (RALUCIAPA)

GBIF biodiversity data inside protected areas: Galapagos Example
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IABIN Protected Areas Thematic Network

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What's New

One of the goals in 2010 is to further develop the standard that will allow the sharing of protected areas data between organizations, countries and industry - ultimately resulting in a globally complete and accurate dataset for protected areas. The new Data Standard will facilitate the comparison and analysis of global protected areas data and will help to speed the updating of the WDPA. In the past year over 40 countries have been updated with over 40,000 sites. The implementation of a more rigorous validation process means that thousands of geometry errors have been identified & corrected and over a thousand duplicate sites have been removed from the WDPA. There are approximately 138,000 sites now available through the WDPA.

Changes since the 2009 WDPA Annual Release

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