Map of country protection levels for the terrestial ecoregions of the world as of January 2019

The map shows the percentage of coverage within each country of the terrestrial ecoregions. The statistics were computed using the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA) from January 2019 and ecoregion maps defined by Olsen et al. (2001) and 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.


Battistella, L., Mandrici, A., Delli, G., Bendito Garcia, E., Dubois, G. (2019)

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