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Discover the world’s protected areas

Protected Planet is the authoritative source of data on protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs). It exists due to the extensive efforts of governments and other stakeholders to map, monitor and report data on protected areas and OECMs. Through the Protected Planet website, users can explore the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), World Database on OECMs, Global Database on Protected Area Management Effectiveness (GD-PAME), and a wealth of associated information. Start by exploring the interactive maps on the home page, or any of Protected Planet’s nine thematic areas

  • Statistics updated: Jan 2023 Download latest global statistics
  • The Protected Planet Initiative informs decision-making and enhances action;
  • The Protected Planet Initiative is the global platform for the communication, exchange, acquisition and analysis of knowledge and data on the status and trends of protected areas;
  • The Protected Planet Initiative provides the world’s policy-makers with the best possible information on protected areas and their value for conserving biodiversity and ecosystem services, and supporting human communities.”

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