World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA)


The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the most comprehensive global spatial dataset on terrestrial and marine protected areas. Protected areas are internationally recognised as major tools in conserving species and ecosystems, and up to date information on protected areas is essential to fully enable conservation and development activities.

Since 1981 UNEP-WCMC, through its Protected Areas Programme, has been compiling this information and making it available to the global community. The WDPA is a joint project of UNEP and IUCN, produced by UNEP-WCMC and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA), and 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.

As of October 2010, the WDPA is openly available on its interactive host website, Protected Planet.

Access to WDPA Data and any other content within the WDPA is provided on the understanding that you read and consent to be bound to the Data Policy Terms and Conditions. For the purposes of this Agreement WDPA Data comprise all the spatial data and associated attribute data contained within the WDPA.