WDPA: World Database on Protected Areas (polygons) (WCMC/WDPA/current/polygons)

Version February 2018

The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is the
most up-to-date and complete source of information on protected
areas, updated monthly with submissions from governments, non-governmental
organizations, landowners, and communities. It is managed by
the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation
Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) with support from IUCN and its
World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA).

WDPA User Manual. For details including methodologies,standards, data
providers, metadata field definitions and descriptions, refer
to the WDPA User Manual.

The WDPA has two feature classes with associated spatial
and tabular data on more than 200k protected areas. About 91%
contain polygon boundaries, with the remaining only as points,
representing the center of the protected area as much as possible.

Asset Naming Conventions. WCMC updates the WDPA on a
monthly basis. The most recent version is always available as
WCMC/WDPA/current/polygons and WCMC/WDPA/current/points. Historical
versions, starting with July 2017, are available in the format


UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) / Protected Planet (producer, licensor)
Google Earth Engine (host)
STAC Version 0.6.0
Keywords IUCN, WCMC, WDPA, boundaries, marine, mpa, protected
License proprietary
Temporal Extent 6/30/2018, 5:00:00 PM - 6/30/2018, 5:00:00 PM
Citation UNEP-WCMC and IUCN (year), Protected Planet: The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) [On-line], [insert month/year of the version used], Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC and IUCN Available at: www.protectedplanet.net.
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