WDPA Data License



Access to Data and any other content within the World Database on Protected Areas (the “WDPA Materials") as made available through the ProtectedPlanet.net website is provided on the understanding that you read and consent to be bound to the Terms and Conditions set out below. For the purposes of this Agreement, WDPA data comprise all the spatial data and associated attribute data contained within the WDPA and made available through ProtectedPlanet.net

No Commercial Use

Neither (a) the WDPA Materials nor (b) any work derived from or based upon the WDPA Materials (“Derivative Works") may be put to Commercial Use without the prior written permission of UNEP-WCMC. For the purposes of these Terms and Conditions, “Commercial Use" means a) any use for profit or to generate revenue, or b) any use by an individual or entity operating within or on behalf of or to the benefit of or to assist the activities of any entity other than a not-for-profit organisation. To apply for permission for Commercial Use of the WDPA Materials please send an email to business-support@unep-wcmc.org outlining your needs.
No Sub-licensing or Redistribution of WDPA Data

The WDPA Materials may not be sub-licensed in whole or in part including within Derivative Works without the prior written permission of UNEP-WCMC. You may not redistribute the WDPA Data contained in the WDPA in whole or in part by any means including (but not limited to) electronic formats such as web downloads, through web services, through interactive web maps (including mobile applications) that grant users download access, KML Files or through file transfer protocols. If you know of others who wish to use the WDPA Data please refer them to protectedplanet.net. If you wish to provide a service through which the WDPA Data are downloadable or otherwise made available for redistribution you must contact protectedareas@unep-wcmc.org for permission and further guidance.

Publishing the WDPA

You may publish the WDPA Materials in whole or in part, including online, providing (a) the WDPA Data are not downloadable and (b) the proper attribution is clearly visible (see 'Attribution' below). You must ensure that the most recently available version of the WDPA Materials is being used and that the month and year of release is visible in the published version. WDPA Materials published online, including through mobile applications, must provide a clear link to the original on-line source of the WDPA at Protected Planet (www.protectedplanet.net). We strongly recommend that you have the relevant materials reviewed by UNEP-WCMC prior to publication. We require two free copies of all published materials to be provided to UNEP-WCMC. Hard copies should be sent to Protected Areas Programme, UNEP-WCMC, 219 Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0DL, UK. Electronic copies should be sent to protectedareas@unep-wcmc.org.

You must ensure that one of the following citations is always clearly reproduced in any publication or analysis involving the WDPA Materials in any derived form or format: Use this citation for any downloads of WDPA Materials from Protectedplanet.net:

IUCN and UNEP-WCMC (year), The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) [On-line], [insert month/year of the version downloaded], Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC. Available at: www.protectedplanet.net.
WDPA Updates

Unless required to do so for specific analyses, you should not use any version of the WDPA Materials after it has been superseded by a subsequent version. It is your responsibility to check if an update of the WDPA Materials is available.

No Warranty and Waiver of Liability

The WDPA is provided to you “as is", and no warranty of any kind is given as to its completeness or accuracy, nor do we make any commitment to ensure that the WDPA Materials are kept up to date. All warranties, representations and conditions, express or implied, are hereby excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law. You agree that you download and make use of the WDPA Materials entirely at your own risk. You hereby waive and release UNEP, IUCN, WCMC and any third party providers of WDPA data from any liability whatsoever, wherever and howsoever arising in connection with any use of the WDPA. You agree that this waiver and release is effective in any and every jurisdiction in the world. You agree that UNEP, IUCN, WCMC and any and all third party providers of WDPA data will not be liable on any grounds (including without limitation negligence, strict liability or under any other legal theory) for any loss or damage (direct or indirect) incurred by you or any third party as a result of the use by you or any third party of the WDPA Materials or any Derivative Works. You also agree to indemnify and hold harmless UNEP, IUCN, WCMC and any and all third party providers of WDPA data in respect of any loss or damage (direct or indirect) suffered by any third party as a result of any use by that third party of any WDPA Materials or Derivative Works published by you. Without limitation to the above, any damage occurring to computer systems as a result of attempts to download WDPA data is entirely your own responsibility.

If the User is dissatisfied with any Material on this Site or with any of its Terms and Conditions of Use the User's sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the Site. This Site may contain links and references to third-party websites. The linked sites are not under the control of UNEP, IUCN or WCMC and UNEP, IUCN or WCMC are not responsible for, nor do they endorse, any of their content.

The contents of this website do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of UNEP, IUCN, WCMC nor any third party providers of WDPA data.

The designations employed and the presentations of material on this website and on the maps that are made available through it do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations, UNEP, IUCN, WCMC or contributory organisations, editors or publishers concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries or the designation of its name, frontiers or boundaries.

The mention of a commercial entity or product in this publication does not imply endorsement by UNEP, IUCN or WCMC.

Feedback and Revised Information

In order to keep the WDPA up to date, UNEP and IUCN would like you to provide feedback on the quality, reliability and accuracy of the WDPA Materials. We also welcome revised information on the WDPA in the form of GIS data. Such contributions should be free of restrictions. The objective is to improve the WDPA content for the benefit of the global conservation community. To provide feedback on ProtectedPlanet please use the feedback forum on www.protectedplanet.net. For general queries related to the WDPA and/or the WDPA Materials please contact protectedareas@unep-wcmc.org. For information on providing data to UNEP-WCMC for updating the WDPA, please contact protectedareas@unep-wcmc.org.
No Grant of Intellectual Property Rights

No rights in the WDPA Materials are granted to you by virtue of these Terms and Conditions or as a result of any use by you of the WDPA Materials. Neither UNEP nor IUCN assert any intellectual property rights in the data that is made available by third party data providers for inclusion in the WDPA. However, all intellectual property rights in the database itself are the property of UNEP and IUCN.
Dispute Resolution, Law and Jurisdiction

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed by UNEP-WCMC. Should attempts at amicable negotiation fail, any such dispute shall, upon request by either you or UNEP-WCMC, be referred to arbitration in accordance with the UNCITRAL arbitration rules then prevailing.

Any communication with respect to these Terms and Conditions and any issue arising from them shall be in writing, in English, and sent by email. The address for communication with the WDPA supplier is protectedareas@unep-wcmc.org.

Take-down policy

UNEP-WCMC operates a 'take-down' policy, such that if notified of a potential breach of copyright, or other reasonable notice of a possible violation (including but not limited to copyright, patent, intellectual property, trademark, confidentiality, data protection, obscenity, terrorism, defamation or libel), the complete document or dataset or relevant portion will be removed as quickly as possible pending further investigation. Where the grounds for complaint are considered to be valid, the complete document or dataset or relevant portion will be permanently withdrawn. A decision on whether the material may be made available again may take some time if it is necessary for UNEP-WCMC to seek the advice necessary to resolve the complaint.
Preservation of immunities

Nothing herein shall constitute or be considered to be a limitation upon or a waiver of the privileges and immunities of the United Nations, which are specifically reserved.


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Changes To These Terms And Conditions

UNEP and IUCN reserve the right to vary these Terms and Conditions from time to time without notice. Therefore please ensure that you read these Terms and Conditions each time you download WDPA Materials. By downloading WDPA Materials you signify your acceptance of the most recent version of these Terms and Conditions in full.