Maps & Datasets


You will find here our downloadable maps (shapefile and pdf formats) as well as the underlying data in Excel format.


Protected Connected land (%) and protected area coverage (%) for the terrestrial ecoregions of the world as of June 2016

The map shows the values of Protected Connected land (ProtConn, % of ecoregion area covered by protected connected lands), calculated for a reference median species dispersal distance of 10 km, and of protected area coverage (% of ecoregion area under protection) for all the terrestrial ecoregions of the world (lakes and Antarctica excluded). ProtConn accounts for both the land area that can be reached within protected areas and that reachable through the connections between different protected areas. Both ProtConn and protected area coverage are expressed as a percentage of ecoregion area and can be hence compared; note that, by definition, ProtConn can never be higher that the protected area coverage (it is not possible to have more protected connected lands than the total amount of protected land in an ecoregion). ProtConn was calculated using the public version of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) of June 2016 and the ecoregion maps produced by Olsen et al. (2001). Both ProtConn and the protected area coverage in this map have been calculated considering only the protected area polygons with a size of at least 1 km2. See Saura et al. (2017) for further details on the ProtConn indicator, its interpretation, and the methods used to produce this map.Citation:Saura, S., Bastin, L., Battistella, L., Mandrici, A., Dubois, G. 2017.Protected areas in the world’s ecoregions: how well connected are they? Ecological Indicators 76: 144-158, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.12.047. © European Union, 2017. Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.



Protected Connected land (%) for the terrestrial ecoregions of the world as of June 2016

The map shows the values of the Protected Connected land (ProtConn) indicator for all the terrestrial ecoregions of the world (lakes and Antarctica excluded) for a reference median species dispersal distance of 10 km. ProtConn is the percentage of the ecoregion area covered by protected connected lands; it accounts for both the land area that can be reached within protected areas and that which is reachable through the connections between different protected areas. ProtConn was calculated using the public version of the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) of June 2016 and the ecoregion maps produced by Olsen et al. (2001). See Saura et al. (2017) for further details on the ProtConn indicator and on the methods used to produce this map.

Citation:

Saura, S., Bastin, L., Battistella, L., Mandrici, A., Dubois, G. 2017.

Protected areas in the world’s ecoregions: how well connected are they? Ecological Indicators 76: 144-158,

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.12.047

© European Union, 2017. Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.



Map of protection levels for the terrestrial ecoregions of the world as of April 2016

The map shows the percentage of coverage of the terrestrial ecoregions of the world, excluding lakes, rock and ice, by protected areas. The statistics were computed using the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA) from April 2016 and ecoregion maps defined by Olsen et al. (2001). The analysis used all designated protected areas recorded in the WDPA as polygons, or points with a reported area, except for UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserves because many of their buffer areas do not meet the protected area definition of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). All protected areas with a “proposed” or “not reported” status in the WDPA were excluded from the analysis. Points were buffered with a circular buffer corresponding to their reported area. Buffered points and polygons were then combined and all spatial overlaps between protected areas removed to avoid double counting.

Citation:
Battistella, L., Mandrici, A., Bastin, L., Bertzky, B., Dubois, G. (2016)
Map of protection levels for the terrestrial ecoregions of the world as of April 2016.
© European Union, 2016. Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.

 



Map of protection levels for the marine ecoregions of the world as of April 2016

The map shows the percentage of coverage of the marine ecoregions of the world by protected areas. The statistics were computed using the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA) from April 2016 and ecoregion maps defined by Spalding et al. (2007). The marine ecoregions were clipped to the coastline of the terrestrial ecoregions of the world (Olson et al. 2001) and an outer boundary corresponding to the 200-meter isobath (Spalding et al. 2007). The analysis used all designated protected areas recorded in the WDPA as polygons, or points with a reported area, except for UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserves because many of their buffer areas do not meet the protected area definition of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). All protected areas with a “proposed” or “not reported” status in the WDPA were excluded from the analysis. Points were buffered with a circular buffer corresponding to their reported area. Buffered points and polygons were then combined and all spatial overlaps between protected areas removed to avoid double counting.

Citation:
Battistella, L., Mandrici, A., Bastin, L., Bertzky, B., Dubois, G. (2016)
Map of protection levels for the marine ecoregions of the world as of April 2016. 
© European Union, 2016. Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.


Map of protection levels for the terrestrial and marine ecoregions of the world as of April 2016

The map shows the percentage of coverage of the terrestrial and marine ecoregions of the world, excluding lakes, rock and ice, by protected areas. The statistics were computed using the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA) from April 2016 and ecoregion maps defined by Olsen et al. (2001) and Spalding et al. (2007). The marine ecoregions were clipped to the coastline of the terrestrial ecoregions and an outer boundary corresponding to the 200-meter isobath (Spalding et al. 2007). The analysis used all designated protected areas recorded in the WDPA as polygons, or points with a reported area, except for UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserves because many of their buffer areas do not meet the protected area definition of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). All protected areas with a “proposed” or “not reported” status in the WDPA were excluded from the analysis. Points were buffered with a circular buffer corresponding to their reported area. Buffered points and polygons were then combined and all spatial overlaps between protected areas removed to avoid double counting. 

Citation:
Battistella, L., Mandrici, A., Bastin, L., Bertzky, B., Dubois, G. (2016)
Map of protection levels for the terrestrial and marine ecoregions of the world as of April 2016.
© European Union, 2016. Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.

 



Map of protection levels for the terrestrial and marine ecoregions of the world as of August 2014

The map shows the percentage of coverage of the terrestrial and marine ecoregions of the world, excluding lakes, rock and ice, by protected areas. The statistics were computed using the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA) from August 2014 and ecoregion maps defined by Olsen et al. (2001) and Spalding et al. (2007). The marine ecoregions were clipped to the coastline of the terrestrial ecoregions and an outer boundary corresponding to the 200-meter isobath (Spalding et al. 2007). The analysis used all designated protected areas recorded in the WDPA as polygons, or points with a reported area, except for UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserves because many of their buffer areas do not meet the protected area definition of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). All protected areas with a “proposed” or “not reported” status in the WDPA were excluded from the analysis. Points were buffered with a circular buffer corresponding to their reported area. Buffered points and polygons were then combined and all spatial overlaps between protected areas removed to avoid double counting. 

Citation:
Battistella, L., Temperley, W., Bastin, L., Bertzky, B., Martinez-Lopez, J., Dubois, G. (2015)
Map of protection levels for the terrestrial and marine ecoregions of the world as of August 2014.
© European Union, 2015. Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.

 



Map of protection levels for the marine ecoregions of the world as of August 2014

The map shows the percentage of coverage of the marine ecoregions of the world by protected areas. The statistics were computed using the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA) from August 2014 and ecoregion maps defined by Spalding et al. (2007). The marine ecoregions were clipped to the coastline of the terrestrial ecoregions of the world (Olson et al. 2001) and an outer boundary corresponding to the 200-meter isobath (Spalding et al. 2007). The analysis used all designated protected areas recorded in the WDPA as polygons, or points with a reported area, except for UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserves because many of their buffer areas do not meet the protected area definition of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). All protected areas with a “proposed” or “not reported” status in the WDPA were excluded from the analysis. Points were buffered with a circular buffer corresponding to their reported area. Buffered points and polygons were then combined and all spatial overlaps between protected areas removed to avoid double counting.

Citation:
Battistella, L., Temperley, W., Bastin, L., Bertzky, B., Martinez-Lopez, J., Dubois, G. (2015)
Map of protection levels for the marine ecoregions of the world as of August 2014. 
© European Union, 2015. Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.


Map of protection levels for the terrestrial ecoregions of the world as of August 2014

The map shows the percentage of coverage of the terrestrial ecoregions of the world, excluding lakes, rock and ice, by protected areas. The statistics were computed using the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA) from August 2014 and ecoregion maps defined by Olsen et al. (2001). The analysis used all designated protected areas recorded in the WDPA as polygons, or points with a reported area, except for UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserves because many of their buffer areas do not meet the protected area definition of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). All protected areas with a “proposed” or “not reported” status in the WDPA were excluded from the analysis. Points were buffered with a circular buffer corresponding to their reported area. Buffered points and polygons were then combined and all spatial overlaps between protected areas removed to avoid double counting.

Citation:
Battistella, L., Temperley, W., Bastin, L., Bertzky, B., Martinez-Lopez, J., Dubois, G. (2015)
Map of protection levels for the terrestrial ecoregions of the world as of August 2014.
© European Union, 2015. Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.

 



World Ecoregion Connectivity (ProtConn) and Protection Statistics as of June 2016

Results of the Protected Connected (ProtConn) indicator and its fractions assessing the connectivity of protected areas (PAs) in all the world's terrestrial ecoregions as of June 2016. Results are provided for four median dispersal distances (1, 10, 30 and 100 km) encompassing the range of dispersal abilities of the large majority of terrestrial vertebrates. 


World Ecoregion Protection Statistics as of April 2016

The spreadsheet includes the percentage of coverage of the terrestrial and marine ecoregions of the world, excluding lakes, rock and ice, by protected areas. The statistics were computed using the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA) from April 2016 and ecoregion maps defined by Olsen et al. (2001) and Spalding et al. (2007). The marine ecoregions were clipped to the coastline of the terrestrial ecoregions and an outer boundary corresponding to the 200-meter isobath (Spalding et al. 2007). The analysis used all designated protected areas recorded in the WDPA as polygons, or points with a reported area, except for UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserves because many of their buffer areas do not meet the protected area definition of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). All protected areas with a “proposed” or “not reported” status in the WDPA were excluded from the analysis. Points were buffered with a circular buffer corresponding to their reported area. Buffered points and polygons were then combined and all spatial overlaps between protected areas removed to avoid double counting.Produced by JRC for the Protected Planet Report 2016. 


World Ecoregion Protection Statistics as of August 2014

The spreadsheet includes the percentage of coverage of the terrestrial and marine ecoregions of the world, excluding lakes, rock and ice, by protected areas. The statistics were computed using the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA) from August 2014 and ecoregion maps defined by Olsen et al. (2001) and Spalding et al. (2007). The marine ecoregions were clipped to the coastline of the terrestrial ecoregions and an outer boundary corresponding to the 200-meter isobath (Spalding et al. 2007). The analysis used all designated protected areas recorded in the WDPA as polygons, or points with a reported area, except for UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserves because many of their buffer areas do not meet the protected area definition of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). All protected areas with a “proposed” or “not reported” status in the WDPA were excluded from the analysis. Points were buffered with a circular buffer corresponding to their reported area. Buffered points and polygons were then combined and all spatial overlaps between protected areas removed to avoid double counting.Produced by JRC for the Protected Planet Report 2014.