Who can contribute to PADDDtracker.org?

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. All contributed data are reviewed by our team to ensure validity and consistency with our definition of PADDD. If you have information, please contact us at admin@padddtracker.org.

Can I download the PADDD database?

Yes. All data that have been validated following peer-review are available for download. Please click here to download data.

How do I cite PADDDtracker.org?

Conservation International and World Wildlife Fund. YYYY. PADDDtracker: Tracking Protected Area Downgrading, Downsizing, and Degazettement. Accessed DD-MM-YYYY. www.PADDDtracker.org.

Who owns the data on PADDDtracker.org?

See Terms of Use for details.

How do I ensure that I’m seeing the most up-to-date data on PADDDtracker.org?

PADDDtracker.org is updated regularly. If you’ve visited PADDDtracker.org before, and you want to make sure you’re seeing all the newest data, please clear your cache and reload your browser.

Do you track new protected areas, or protected area growth?

PADDDtracker is intended to document legal changes to protected areas which temper regulations, reduce their size, or remove protections completely. We don't document the upgrades, expansion of, or creation of new protected areas. See Protected Planet to view current and new protected areas.

Are you tracking illegal activities and protected area management effectiveness?

PADDDtracker is focused on documenting legal changes to protected areas. We are not documenting illegal activities or protected area management. You can find more information on protected area management here.

Do you consider indigenous lands, private reserves, conservation easements, land trusts, conservancies, etc. as protected areas?

PADDDtracker.org currently collects data for state-designated protected areas. For a given country, state designated protected area categories meeting the IUCN definition will be considered as protected areas in the PADDD research. We do not include: privately protected areas, community conservancies, and conservation designations by international agencies (e.g. UNESCO World Heritage Sites, RAMSAR wetlands).

On your protected area basemap, a protected area is missing/incorrect. Where should I report it?

The protected area layer is produced and updated by www.protectedplanet.net. If you see any errors to the protected area layer, please report it on the Protected Planet website directly.

What are IUCN categories?

IUCN protected area management categories classify protected areas according to their management objectives. The categories are recognized 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.

I have a shapefile associated with a PADDD event that I'd like to upload to PADDDtracker.org. How can I do that?

Please contact us at admin@padddtracker.org to discuss the contribution of shapefiles to PADDDtracker. We are very grateful for your contribution!

How do you keep track of the quality of data on PADDDtracker.org?

All data available for download have been validated following peer-reviewed publication. We also regularly monitor data contributed from crowdsourcing to ensure validity.

Where can I learn more about PADDD?

Check out our publications page here.