Anyone! This includes students, researchers, governments, NGOs, and citizens who have information about changes to protected areas. If you have information about protected area downgrading, downsizing, or degazettement, we hope you will contribute to PADDDtracker.
See Terms and Conditions for details.
PADDDtracker is intended to document legal changes to protected areas which make them weaker, smaller, or remove them completely. We don't document the creation of new protected areas, or expansion of existing protected areas. However, www.protectedplanet.net keeps track of new protected areas. If you would like to contribute information about protected area growth, please contribute to protectedplanet.net directly.
PADDDtracker is focused on documenting legal changes to protected areas. For now we are not documenting illegal activities or management effectiveness.
It depends. In some coutries indigenous lands are considered protected areas; in others they are not. Check to see what the government of the country says about indigenous areas before adding your event.
PADDDtracker.org currently collects data for nationally designated protected areas. For a given country, those nationally designated protected area categories meeting the IUCN definition will be considered as protected areas in the PADDD research. We do not include: private protected areas, community conservancies, protected areas designated by international agencies (eg. UNESCO World Heritage Sites, RAMSAR wetlands, etc.)
Disputed boundaries on the basemaps may be represented as dotted lines. However we do not have control of the basemaps and are not able to make any corrections to them.
IUCN protected area management categories classify protected areas according to their management objectives. The categories are recognised by international bodies such as the United Nations and by many national governments as the global standard for defining and recording protected areas and as such are increasingly being incorporated into government legislation. For more, visit the IUCN website.