Protected Areas Data Collection

 

Protected areas are a key instrument for safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem services. Article 2 of the Convention on Biological Diversity defines protected areas as “a geographically defined area, which is designated or regulated and managed to achieve specific conservation objectives.”

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About this data collection

Protected areas are a key instrument for safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem services. Article 2 of the Convention on Biological Diversity defines protected areas as “a geographically defined area, which is designated or regulated and managed to achieve specific conservation objectives.” IUCN defines protected areas as “a clearly defined geographical space, recognized, dedicated and managed, through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values.” In addition to protected areas, other related instruments include “other effective conservation measures, defined by the Convention on Biological Diversity as “places outside the protected-area estate that deliver effective biodiversity conservation, such as government-run water catchment areas, territories conserved by Indigenous peoples and local communities, as well as some private conservation initiatives.” Together, protected areas and other effective conservation measures are essential tools to support achievement of the three Rio Conventions – the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

Protected areas and other effective conservation measures are also essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. They support nature-dependent livelihoods such as forestry, agriculture, fishing, and ecotourism; they secure water supplies for cities and communities around the world; they buffer humanity from natural disasters; and they are a major means of achieving climate mitigation and adaptation goals. This UNBL Protected Area Collection provides a key resource for planners and decision-makers to identify opportunities for protected areas and other effective conservation measures to contribute to national biodiversity, climate and sustainable development priorities.


ⓘ Data layers

 

 

 

 

Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A map of protected areas within a given area showing extent and distribution  Convention on Biological Diversity What is the extent and distribution of existing protected areas? Protected areas
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A map of other effective conservation measures showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the extent and distribution of "Other Effective Conservation Measures?" Other effective conservation measures
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A combined map of all protected areas and other effective conservation measures showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the combined extent and distribution of all protected areas and other effective conservation measures?
  • Protected areas
  • Other effective conservation measures
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A map of protected areas within a given area showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the extent and distribution of existing protected areas? Protected areas
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A map of other effective conservation measures showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the extent and distribution of "Other Effective Conservation Measures?" Other effective conservation measures
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A combined map of all protected areas and other effective conservation measures showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the combined extent and distribution of all protected areas and other effective conservation measures?
  • Protected areas
  • Other effective conservation measures
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A map of protected areas within a given area showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the extent and distribution of existing protected areas? Protected areas
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A map of other effective conservation measures showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the extent and distribution of "Other Effective Conservation Measures?" Other effective conservation measures
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A combined map of all protected areas and other effective conservation measures showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the combined extent and distribution of all protected areas and other effective conservation measures?
  • Protected areas
  • Other effective conservation measures
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A map of protected areas within a given area showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the extent and distribution of existing protected areas? Protected areas
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A map of other effective conservation measures showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the extent and distribution of "Other Effective Conservation Measures?" Other effective conservation measures
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A combined map of all protected areas and other effective conservation measures showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the combined extent and distribution of all protected areas and other effective conservation measures?
  • Protected areas
  • Other effective conservation measures
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A map of protected areas within a given area showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the extent and distribution of existing protected areas? Protected areas
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A map of protected areas within a given area showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the extent and distribution of existing protected areas? Protected areas
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A map of other effective conservation measures showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the extent and distribution of "Other Effective Conservation Measures?" Other effective conservation measures
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A combined map of all protected areas and other effective conservation measures showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the combined extent and distribution of all protected areas and other effective conservation measures?
  • Protected areas
  • Other effective conservation measures
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A map of protected areas within a given area showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the extent and distribution of existing protected areas? Protected areas
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A map of other effective conservation measures showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the extent and distribution of "Other Effective Conservation Measures?" Other effective conservation measures
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A combined map of all protected areas and other effective conservation measures showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the combined extent and distribution of all protected areas and other effective conservation measures?
  • Protected areas
  • Other effective conservation measures
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A map of protected areas within a given area showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the extent and distribution of existing protected areas? Protected areas
Description Policy relevance Key policy question Included layers
A map of protected areas within a given area showing extent and distribution Convention on Biological Diversity What is the extent and distribution of existing protected areas? Protected areas