Protected Planet is the online visual interface for the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA), a joint project of IUCN and UN Environment. The visual interface combines governmental, expert and general public opinions on protected areas. Protected Planet is the most up to date and complete source of information on protected areas. It is updated monthly with submissions from governments, non-governmental organizations, landowners and communities. It is managed by the United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre UNEP-WCMC with support from IUCN and its World Commission on Protected Areas. Every two years, UNEP-WCMC releases Protected Planet Report on the status of the world's protected areas and recommendations on how to meet international goals and targets.

Aim of the resource: 

To enable a spectrum of users to use existing protected area data for information-based decision making, policy development, and business and conservation planning.
For businesses in a range of sectors including mining, oil and gas, and finance to use WDPA data to identify biodiversity risks and opportunities of a given project.
For conservation planners to use the information to predict the outcomes of various proposals and focus on initiatives and areas that are most likely to result in positive impacts.
To be used in the Millennium Challenge Corporation's (MCC) indicator to measure the effectiveness of policies related to Natural Resource Protection, to inform decisions on allocations on funds.

Using the resource
Potential benefits from using the resource: 
Users can access statistics and other information on specific countries, and compare between countries
Protected Planet provides the basis for monitoring and reporting on progress towards international environmental targets such as the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
The WDPA stores information on protected areas under all governance types, including privately protected areas, and protected areas under the governance of indigenous peoples and local communities
Sub/region where used: 
Central Africa
Central and Western Europe
Central Asia
East Africa and adjacent islands
Eastern Europe
North Africa
North America
North-East Asia
South America
South Asia
South-East Asia
Southern Africa
West Africa
Western Asia
Scale of application: 
Practical information
UN languages in which the resource is available: 
Development stage: 
Full, working product
Contact details
Contact Name (Person or group/organization): 
Protected Planet Team
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