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.
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.