Protected Planet

Date Published: October 2010 © UNEP-WCMC

Protected Planet is a new initiative to showcase the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) that uses the 'citizen science' approach to engage the public in gathering and improving information on protected areas. By making this information openly available, the global community can help to improve it, thereby assisting in the conservation of biodiversity and helping to boost global interest in protected areas. Protected Planet is a compilation of the WDPA data, together with species data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) and incorporates articles from Wikipedia™, Google Maps™ technology, and photos from Panoramio™ and Flickr™.

Launched in October 2010 at the CBD COP 10 in Nagoya, Japan, Protected Planet harnesses the power of Web 2.0 technology used by social networking platforms like Facebook™ and Twitter™, and engages uses like never before, bringing protected areas to a whole new generation of users; managers, governments, policy makers, scientists, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), local communities and the general public.