The Protected Areas Programme manages the World Database on Protected Areas www.protectedplanet.net and develops and supports the scientific basis for the valuation of protected areas, assesses the management and ecological effectiveness of these areas, and monitors this performance at a global level.
We provide support for protected area networks, such as World Heritage Sites and Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas, and work on ensuring the long-term sustainability of protected areas.
Protected areas are managed to achieve the conservation of nature and are internationally recognised as important tools for conserving species and ecosystems.More
The World Database on Protected Areas, managed by UNEP-WCMC, is the largest assembly of data on the world's terrestrial and marine protected areas.More
The World Heritage List includes some of the world’s most important cultural and natural sites: the Egyptian pyramids, Great Wall (China), Taj Mahal (India), Machu Picchu (Peru), Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) and Grand Canyon (USA). UNEP-WCMC works to provide technical support to the World Heritage Convention.
ICCAs are protected areas that are voluntarily conserved by local communities, which can contain significant biodiversity, ecological and cultural services. UNEP-WCMC is working to build awareness and recognition of such areas.More
The West Africa region is highly vulnerable to climate change, and the current protected area systems are unlikely to provide adequate coverage in the future. This project aims at developing tools to increase the resilience of protected areas to climate change at the regional scale.More
In Kenya, protected areas are either managed by the state, privately, or by the local communities. This project will assess the environmental benefits of these different types of management.More
The project aims to strengthen the information base in Asia by verifying and improving the national parks and protected areas data held in the World Database on Protected Areas through a review by national and international experts, facilitated by UNEP-WCMC.More
Assessment and monitoring of protected areas is crucial to ensure biodiversity protection and the long-term sustainability of protected areas. UNEP-WCMC uses management effectiveness assessments and develops indicators as standardised ways of evaluating protected areas.More
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) - the WCPA is administrated by IUCN’s Programme on Protected Areas and works with us to promote the establishment and management of protected areas globally, being a joint partner in the World Database on Protected Areas.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Centre - UNESCO is the advisory body for natural heritage, and we work with them to identify and protect natural World Heritage sites of international universal value.
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) - we support the CBD's Programme on Work on Protected Areas, which is a global action plan for protected area networks within countries.
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