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world database on protected areas

Dynamics in the global protected-area estate since 2004

Nations of the world have committed to a number of goals and targets to address the global
environmental challenges humanity faces. Protected areas have for centuries been a key strategy in
conservation and play a major role in addressing current challenges. The most important tool used
to track progress on protected area commitments is the World Database on Protected Areas
(WDPA). Periodic assessments of the world’s protected area estate show steady growth over the last