RRH End of year 2023 Newsletter 

Dear partners and friends of RRH,

As we bid farewell to another remarkable year, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you who has stood by our side in the journey of conservation. Together, we have achieved incredible milestones, from safeguarding endangered species to restoring vital ecosystems. Your unwavering support has fueled our passion and commitment to preserving the beauty and biodiversity of our planet. As we reflect on the challenges and triumphs of the past year, we look forward to the opportunities that the coming year holds. With your continued support, we will persist in our mission to protect and cherish the wonders of the natural world. Here's to a new year filled with hope, dedication, and a shared commitment to a sustainable future.

Warm regards,


Michael Ngugi Kimani

RRH Team Lead


RRH in numbers


The current state of protected and conserved areas in Eastern and Southern Africa as developed and authenticated by RRH

RRH Updates
Meet our New Team Members
In 2023, our RRH team welcomed three new members. Yvonne Khaemba, in charge of policy; Job Mwangi, in charge of communications; and Martin Nyoro, in charge of geospatial data. The three have been very instrumental in the realization of the RRH strategic sustainability plan.

RRH March 2023 Data Training

From March 20th to 24th, 2023, the RRH held the Second Edition of the Data Training Workshop on Protected and Conserved Areas. The training workshop was held physically at RCMRD premises in Nairobi, Kenya. Participants were drawn from Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. During the training, the participants discussed the importance of data and information in decisions related to effectiveness and governance in protected and conserved areas.

They also engaged on how the countries will participate in the preparation of the State of Protected and Conserved Areas Report 2023 (SOPACA II). Participants were also taken through the information management process of the RRH (data collection, management, processing, analysis, and dissemination of information and knowledge products) to allow countries to engage actively with the Regional Reference Information System (RRIS).

Over 100 participants benefited from this training. 

Participants during the 2023 RRH data training session
IUCN-ESARO's Christine Mentzel addresses participants during the training.

Some of the participants during a plenary session


RRH actively participates in East African Community (EAC) Wildlife Conservation and Management Policy development

The RRH team actively took part in the development of the EAC Wildlife Conservation and Management Strategy. The principal purpose of the strategy and associated action plan is to provide an implementation mechanism for the EAC Wildlife Conservation and Management Policy framework, allowing for stronger, collective, and coordinated measures by EAC Members (and stakeholders and related organizations) for the conservation and sustainable utilization of wildlife and related tourist sites in the EAC region. RRH actively participated in sessions in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan. 

Some of the attendees during the session in Nairobi, Kenya

The Regional Resource Hub-Reference Information System (RRH-RIS)

RRH has developed a Reference Information System, which is a free web-based, open-source information system for protected areas across the 24 countries of the Eastern and Southern Africa - ESA region. The RRH-RIS gives a full dive into the specific country profiles and tracks some of the conservation indicators and pressures.

RRH Community of Practice

RRH has been at the forefront of fostering collaboration, knowledge sharing, and collective learning among individuals with diverse expertise and backgrounds united by a common goal of encouraging better decision-making for fair and effective management and governance of protected and conserved areas. Through participation in the community of practice, it is clear that conservation challenges are multifaceted, requiring interdisciplinary approaches and a holistic understanding of ecological systems. The RRH community of practice provides a platform for scientists, policymakers, practitioners, and local communities to exchange insights, share successful strategies, and address emerging issues collaboratively by facilitating the flow of information and best practices. Through the CoP, we have not only enhanced the efficiency and effectiveness of conservation efforts but also contributed to the development of innovative solutions that can address the complex and evolving nature of environmental issues. Additionally, the shared sense of purpose and mutual support within a community of practice has fostered a collective commitment to sustainability, creating a resilient network that can adapt to changing circumstances and amplify the impact of conservation initiatives.

Here are some of the products of the RRH Community of practice.

RRH fireside conversation 1 with Candice Stevens on sustainable financing in conservation

RRH fireside conversation 2 Dr. Dominic Maringa, Head of Conservation and Wildlife at Lewa Conservancy sharing on innovation in conservation
Webinar on sustainable financing in conservation facilitated by Sustainable Finance Coalition

RRH takes part in the RIC 2023

RRH, through the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management program (BIOPAMA), participated actively in the 2023 RCMRD International Conference. The conference provided a unique platform for BIOPAMA to engage with a diverse audience of regional experts, policymakers, and stakeholders in the field of natural resource management and geospatial information. This collaboration enabled RRH to foster knowledge exchange, promote best practices, and facilitate partnerships crucial for effective biodiversity conservation and protected area management. Additionally, the conference offered an opportunity for BIOPAMA to showcase its innovative approaches, tools, and data-driven solutions that contribute to the sustainable management of biodiversity and protected areas. By participating in the RCMRD International Conference, RRH, through BIOPAMA, strengthened its presence, enhanced regional cooperation, and contributed to the overarching goal of ensuring the long-term resilience of ecosystems in the face of global challenges.

Above, participants visit the RRH booth

The RRH team host Luther Anukur, the Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa at IUCN


RRH participates in the BIOPOMA all-hands meeting in Gland, Switzerland

The RRH team attended a series of meetings at the BIOPAMA II - IUCN Global Coordination Meeting that was held at IUCN Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland from 19th to 22nd September 2023. The meetings were crucial for the effective delivery of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme II (BIOPAMA II), a project funded by the European Union and the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States, and implemented by IUCN in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific countries. During the meeting, the participants discussed how to further international collaboration as it is crucial for addressing global environmental challenges comprehensively. The interconnectedness of ecosystems and the shared responsibility for safeguarding biodiversity demands a collective and coordinated effort from all members around the world. The convening of BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management) members provided an opportunity to foster collaboration, share knowledge, and collectively address the dynamic challenges in biodiversity conservation and protected area management. It also provided a platform for exchanging insights, best practices, and lessons learned, enabling members to stay abreast of the latest developments hence facilitating the building of a strong network and fostering partnerships.  


Above - Participants during the all-hands meeting at Gland, Switzerland



RRH presents and exhibits at the Wildlife Research Training Institute Conference 

The RRH team participated in the 1st Wildlife Scientific Conference by the Wildlife Research and Training Institute (WRTI) held in Naivasha, Kenya, under the theme “Use of Wildlife Science for Enhanced Biodiversity Conservation and Improved Livelihoods.”.

The purpose of the conference was to showcase wildlife scientific output, share experiences and expertise with other scientists globally, and act as a channel to disseminate information gathered on wildlife science for decision-making. The focus was on well-researched scientific papers on discoveries, innovations, technologies and applications in wildlife conservation and sustainable utilization. 

RRH team leader Michael Ngugi sharing about the RRH project with the participants during the conference.

RRH takes part in the Global Landscape Forum

The RRH team participated in the Hybrid Conference of the Global Landscapes Forum 2023. The team presented on the crucial role of monitoring and the subsequent knowledge sharing and exchange on African ecosystems in improving governance and promoting sustainable management will be defended. OFAC and RRH were noted to play key roles in providing relevant, credible, and timely information on forest ecosystems, with the aim of promoting the use of such information for the improved management of forest resources for biodiversity preservation, conservation, and local development in their respective regions in Africa.
In addition to OFAC and OFESA, the work of other regional observatories, such as the Observatory for Biodiversity and Protected Areas in West Africa (OBAPAO), and the engagement of regional stakeholders like the Commission of the Forests of Central Africa (COMIFAC), were also highlighted. The understanding of the work these observatories do in Central, East, and West Africa was emphasized as potentially instrumental in influencing environmental action and curbing hazards that were threatening the well-being of Africa's ecosystems and, subsequently, its peoples.


The RRH Team Lead, Michael Ngugi Kimani, makes a presentation at the GLF2023


RCMRD 2023 Map Competition 

RRH was one of the sponsors and judges of the 2023 RCMRD map competition. The competition, spearheaded by the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), runs in RCMRD member states in Eastern and Southern Africa and aims at promoting the use of maps, earth observation, and creating awareness of the data sharing geo-portals and observatories to allow users to discover GIS datasets and creatively use them to develop innovative solutions. 

Here are the winners:


RRH Inaugural Sports Tournament
This year, RRH organized the first-ever sports tournament, mainly targeting RCTI students and staff, under the theme of working together in biodiversity conservation



Meet the winners

Peter Nduati, receives the award for emerging as the best in darts. 

Stephen Baraka triumphed  in the Table Tennis category

Caleb Mutalia emerged the winner in the badminton category


LA Lakers emerged the winners in the Basketball category

RRH Participates in the Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) workshop

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) TFCAs Network annual meeting was hosted by the National Agency for Conservation Areas of Mozambique in Maputo from 13th to 16th November, 2023. The event began with a field visit to the newly established Maputo National Park, part of the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA between Mozambique, South Africa, and Eswatini). During the session in Maputo, TFCA Focal Points from each Member State had the opportunity to discuss the updates provided on each TFCA. The SADC Secretariat also provided feedback on its activities and engagements to foster transfrontier conservation, while new funding opportunities will be presented and explained by the different International Cooperating Partners. Further, independent projects and action research activities will present their work and progress. RRH participation. Transfrontier Conservation Areas (TFCAs) are founded on the realization that natural resources that straddle international boundaries are a shared asset with the potential to meaningfully contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and the welfare and socio-economic development of rural communities. Also, TFCAs are practical means of demonstrating regional integration.

SADC is one of the four Regional Economic Communities within the intervention area of the Regional Resource Hub (RRH); and thus, a key stakeholder of the hub – strategically, technically, and politically. Currently, RRH is hosting the SADC TFCA portal – support that is likely to continue for the next four years under the forthcoming Regional Centre of Excellence.

Among the topics that were presented and discussed in the meeting include the following: Climate change mitigation and adaptation plans, Transboundary coordination within SADC TFCAs leads for effective ecosystem services, including habitat and species management, Human capital and professional development to support TFCAs Goal - Training institutions working together to support SADC’s TFCA program, Monitoring, Evaluation and Knowledge Management, TFCA Network Communications system revamp

Regional Resource Hub was given an opportunity to present on the work it is doing in the region and how it is collaborating with SADC TFCA. RRH reiterated its commitment to work closely with SADC TFCA and offer support where possible.  

Participants at the TFCA workshop in Maputo, Mozambique. 


RRH GIS specialist Erick Wabwile presents during the panel discussion

Good news!

RRH through RCMRD identified as a Regional Centre of Excellence for East and Southern Africa

RRH through RCMRD has been identified as a Regional Centre of Excellence for East and Southern Africa set to implement Biodiversity and Forests components. The Centres of Excellence are the European Union’s support for the use of Science, Technology, and Innovation for the green transition and sustainable development. RCMRD hosted in Kenya, is indeed privileged to be one of the three Centres in Africa that will play an active role in helping the 24 countries in our region, tackle the challenges surrounding Biodiversity and Forestry.



The East and Southern Africa Forest Observatory - OFESA

RRH has been partnering with OFESA. This is a regional initiative that aims to improve forest monitoring and management in the region. It covers five countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda).

You can find more details about OFESA here https://ofesa.rcmrd.org/en/


GMES and Africa

RRH has been partnering with the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa (GMES & Africa). This support program is the result of the long-standing cooperation between Africa and Europe in the area of space science & technology, which is one of the key priorities of the long-term EU-Africa Joint Strategy. GMES & Africa Support program is administered by the African Union Commission through the Human Resource, Science and Technology (HRST) Commission and supported by a technical assistance team led by GAF AG.

The program aims at improving African policy-makers, planners’, scientists, business and private sector and citizens’ capacities to design, implement, and monitor national, regional, and continental policies and to promote sustainable management of natural resources through the use of Earth Observation data and derived information.

You can find more information about GMES and Africa here - https://gmes.rcmrd.org/


Mark the date for the 2024 RRH Data Training Workshop 

From all of us at RRH we wish you and your a Merry Christmas and a happy 2024. Thank you for consistently journeying with us. 

Biodiversity plays a vital role in maintaining the health and stability of our planet's ecosystems. Recognizing the urgency of protecting and restoring biodiversity, the international community has set forth the Global Biodiversity Framework, a comprehensive plan to address the alarming decline in biodiversity by 2030. Angola, a country known for its rich natural heritage, has been making significant strides in its efforts to achieve Target Three of the framework. In this blog post, we will explore what it means for Angola to be at 10.75% in achieving this important target.

Overview of target three

Target Three of the Global Biodiversity Framework aims to increase the area of protected land and sea globally, ensuring that at least 30% of land and sea areas are conserved. This target recognizes the importance of safeguarding ecosystems and habitats to preserve biodiversity and enable the natural processes that support life on Earth. Achieving this target requires collective action, strong conservation measures, and sustainable land and sea management practices.

Angola's Progress

Angola, blessed with diverse ecosystems, including pristine coastal areas, lush rainforests, and expansive savannas, has been actively working towards meeting Target Three. The country's commitment to conservation is reflected in its efforts to establish protected areas and promote sustainable resource management.

1. Expansion of Protected Areas: 

Angola has been making steady progress in expanding its protected areas network. By designating national parks, nature reserves, and other conservation areas, the country aims to safeguard critical habitats and promote the recovery of endangered species. The establishment of these protected areas contributes to the overall goal of achieving the 30% conservation target.

2. Marine Conservation Efforts:

Recognizing the importance of preserving its marine ecosystems, Angola has been proactive in promoting marine conservation. Through the creation of marine protected areas and the implementation of sustainable fishing practices, the country aims to safeguard its coastal biodiversity and ensure the long-term health of its marine resources.

3. Community Engagement and Sustainable Practices:

Engaging local communities and promoting sustainable practices are crucial aspects of achieving Target Three. Angola has been actively involving local communities in conservation initiatives, recognizing their role as stewards of the land and guardians of biodiversity. By promoting sustainable agriculture, responsible land use, and community-based conservation programs, Angola aims to ensure that biodiversity conservation goes hand in hand with the well-being of its people.


Challenges and the Way Forward

Despite the progress made, Angola faces several challenges on its path to achieving Target Three. These challenges include inadequate funding for conservation efforts, illegal wildlife trade, and the need for capacity building and technical expertise. To overcome these challenges, Angola must collaborate with international partners, strengthen its legislation, and invest in education and awareness programs.

Moving forward, Angola should focus on enhancing its monitoring and evaluation systems to track progress accurately. By leveraging technology and scientific research, the country can make informed decisions, allocate resources effectively, and adapt its strategies as needed.

Angola's progress at 10.75% towards achieving Target Three of the Global Biodiversity Framework is commendable. Through the expansion of protected areas, marine conservation efforts, and community engagement, the country has demonstrated its commitment to safeguarding its unique biodiversity. However, challenges persist, requiring continuous efforts and collaboration to overcome them. By working together with international partners, investing in sustainable practices, and raising awareness among its citizens, Angola can pave the way for a brighter future, where biodiversity thrives, ecosystems flourish, and the invaluable natural heritage is preserved for generations to come.

South Africa has a notable edge over her neighbors in Eastern and Southern Africa because of its diversified terrain and amazing biodiversity. South Africa stands out as a regional leader in conservation efforts thanks to its wide network of protected areas and definite boundaries. This blog intends to examine the benefits that South Africa receives from its effective system of protected areas, emphasizing the advantages for both people and wildlife.

Preserving Biodiversity

The remarkable biodiversity of South Africa is crucially preserved thanks to the country's extensive network of protected areas. These protected areas, which range from the well-known Kruger National Park to the rocky Table Mountain National Park, guarantee the preservation of distinct ecosystems and serve as a haven for numerous plant and animal species. South Africa efficiently protects vulnerable and endangered species by preserving their habitats, upholding a precarious ecological balance.

Ecotourism and Economic Growth

The proliferation of sustainable ecotourism is fueled by South Africa's availability of protected areas. The nation's unmatched natural wonders draw tourists from all around the world, bringing significant economic benefits. Ecotourism generates income that benefits local communities, encourages the creation of jobs, and promotes the preservation of cultural heritage. Additionally, the existence of protected areas supports the tourism sector by drawing adventurers and nature lovers, which boosts the country's overall economic growth.

Environmental Education and Research

The protected regions in South Africa offer priceless chances for scientific study and environmental education. These areas act as real-world schools, providing educational programs to both local residents and visitors. These projects encourage people to take on environmental responsibility by spreading knowledge about sustainability and conservation. Additionally, protected areas serve as living laboratories for academics and researchers, supporting research on ecosystem dynamics, biodiversity, and climate change. Effective conservation strategies are developed using the information gleaned from such study, not only in South Africa but also elsewhere in the area.

Mitigating Climate Change

Protected areas are important carbon sinks that contribute significantly to reducing climate change. The protected regions of South Africa, which are abundant in wetlands, grasslands, and forests, absorb and store enormous amounts of carbon dioxide, aiding in the worldwide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Along with maintaining the availability of clean water supplies, lessening the effects of natural disasters, and enhancing ecosystems' general resilience in the face of climate change, these regions also assist in regulating local and regional climatic trends.

An outstanding advantage for both South Africa and the larger region of Eastern and Southern Africa is the country's broad network of protected areas with distinct boundaries. These protected areas have numerous advantages, including the preservation of biodiversity, promotion of sustainable ecotourism, facilitation of environmental research and education, and the reduction of climate change. South Africa's dedication to conservation not only safeguards its natural heritage but also promotes community development, economic progress, and human welfare. South Africa's successful model of protected areas serves as a light of hope and inspiration for the preservation of our planet's priceless natural resources while other nations in the region work to improve their conservation efforts.




Conserving biodiversity in Eastern and Southern Africa is crucial for the region's sustainable development and the well-being of its people. Here are some key actions that countries in Sub-Saharan Africa can take to conserve biodiversity:

Identify and manage protected and conserved areas

Governments should effectively designate and manage protected and conserved areas, such as national parks and nature reserves, to safeguard critical habitats and species. These areas should be adequately funded and equipped with trained personnel for effective conservation.

Enforce anti-poaching measures

Poaching poses a significant threat to wildlife populations. Governments should strengthen anti-poaching efforts by deploying well-trained rangers, implementing stricter law enforcement, and imposing harsh penalties for illegal wildlife trade.

Regional Resource Hub pulls the protected and conserved areas data from the world database on protected areas (WDPA). Therefore, the data submitted to the RRH must conform to the WDPA data standards. WDPA data standards are outlined in the WDPA_WD-OECM_Manual.


Four requirements to meet the Protected Planet data standards

1. All sites must meet the IUCN definition of a protected area or CBD definition

of an ‘other effective area-based conservation measure’

2. Spatial data from Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and an associated

list of attributes must be provided

3. Source of information must be provided

4. The WDPA Data Contributor Agreement must be signed


The WDPA is stored as a file geodatabase comprising two geospatial feature classes and one source table


Each of the Protected Areas in WDPA is assigned a WDPAID.

The WDPA ID is the globally unique identifier for each protected area in the WDPA. It is specific to a protected area in a specified geographical space, and does not change over time unless the designation for that protected area changes. If a protected area is degazetted, it is deleted from the WDPA and its WDPA ID is not reused.

Who can provide data?

       Governments: these include national governments and sub-national agencies that manage protected area data.

       International secretariats: secretariats from international conventions and agreements such as the Ramsar Convention, World Heritage Convention or UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme.

       Regional entities: these include organizations that manage data on regional protected area networks such as the European Environment Agency who manage Europe’s Natura 2000 database.

       NGOs: these include data providers that manage protected areas designated by the NGO itself, or in collaboration with another governance type, such as a private landowner or government agency, where the NGO also maintains some or all of the intellectual property in the data.

       Other entities or individuals: this category includes the range of other actors that govern or manage protected areas, including indigenous peoples, local communities and private actors other than NGOs.


Benefits for countries of submitting data

UN List of Protected areas and calculation of indicators for international processes: In addition to the creation of the UN List of Protected areas, the WDPA is used to calculate indicators related to several international processes. This includes indicators for the Convention on Biological Diversity, Sustainable Development Goals and IPBES

Inventory of national data: At the national level, protected areas and OECMs might be managed by different institutions and/or governmental agencies, including community groups and private actors. If data on these areas are not stored in a centralized national database, providing data to the WDPA and OECM database may provide countries with a clearer picture of their protected area network as a whole. Furthermore, the data can be viewed on a single map through www.protectedplanet.net and downloaded.

Capacity building: Help is provided to countries through capacity building to ensure the accuracy and completeness of their protected areas data and information. Training can be provided by UNEP-WCMC to strengthen skills on database management, the basics of GIS, or in any other relevant areas if needed and requested by the data provider.

Contribute to scientific research/Highlight gaps: Through the use of the WDPA in scientific research, gaps in protected area and OECM networks can be identified and highlighted. Using knowledge on the distribution of areas important for biodiversity and ecosystem services and threats to them, alongside spatial information on aspects of the national infrastructure such as roads, cities and planning zones, systematic conservation planning can be undertaken to identify the most suitable places for the establishment of new protected areas or OECMs in the country. This may enable countries to better implement certain important elements of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 such as representativeness and connectivity.

Regional observatories: Improve provision of protected area information at the regional level, through the creation of regional observatories, such as the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, the European Environment Agency and the BIOPAMA Regional Observatories in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. This has the additional benefit of building partnerships between countries in a region and building capacity through knowledge transfer.



Step that should be followed by data providers:

The process of providing data will vary depending on the type of data-provider and whether a

relationship with the data provider already exists, but generally, steps that should be followed by the data provider are as follows:

1)      Review the current data online at www.protectedplanet.net or at https://esahub.rcmrd.org/en/

2)      Prepare a new dataset that complies with the Protected Planet Data Standards. Data providers can use the WDPA/OECM database schemas and subset of data to complete this step as well as adding any new or updated data to the schema in place of the old data. Click here to download a WDPA/OECM database schema.

3)      Send the following data to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

·         Spatial data and associated attributes: either a polygon boundary or the central latitude and longitude point for each protected area or OECM. 

·         The Source Table must be completed to identify who provided the data, and any basic details on the quality and currency of the data at the time it was provided.

·         The WDPA Data Contributor Agreement must be signed.

Data verification

All records must be verified by an authoritative source. An exception is some older records that were added before the verification processes were developed. Facilitating the verification of these older currently unverified records is a priority in this workshop

‘Verification’ (VERIF) field allows three values: State Verified, Expert Verified, and Not Reported (for unverified data that was already in the databases prior to the inclusion of the ‘Verification’ field).

Data verification in the RRH follows the standards of the Protected Planet Initiative, outlined in this table (from http://wcmc.io/WDPA_Manual)

Data submitted by governmental sources

The WDPA is underpinned by a United Nations mandate (Appendix 6) that invited state parties to provide information on protected areas. Similarly, the OECM database is underpinned by a CBD mandate, which invited state parties to provide information to UNEP-WCMC. Thus, data submitted by governmental sources are considered ‘State Verified’ and are included in the WDPA or OECM database after data formatting and quality control.


Data submitted by non-governmental sources

Incoming data from non-government data providers undergo a verification process before being added to the WDPA or OECM database. Data can be verified either by state verifiers or by expert verifiers, depending on the wishes of the data provider. The VERIF field differentiates between “State Verified” and “Expert Verified” data. If neither party can verify the data, they do not enter the WDPA or OECM database.


Resolution of conflicts

Where there is conflict between the opinions of the data provider and data verifier (for example, disputes over the correct boundary of a site), this is discussed with both parties in an attempt to reach a solution. Data providers are made aware of the verification process before submitting data, and are kept informed of its progress. In cases where no resolution can be found, data cannot enter the WDPA.


Frequency of data verification

Although updates are invited at any time, RRH/UNEP-WCMC aims to update data at least once every five years. During this process, the data provider is contacted and asked to confirm that the data remain accurate. If the data provider cannot be reached, the data verifier is contacted. If there is a negative response, or if no response is received within five years, then UNEP-WCMC reserves the right to remove the data from the WDPA or OECM database.


Integrating Data into the WDPA or OECM database

Once a dataset has been formatted, verified and conforms to all aspects of the Protected Planet Data Standards, it is integrated into the WDPA or OECM database, as appropriate.

If there are records in either database that are not included in the update, RRH/UNEP-WCMC confirms with the data provider that these records should be removed before deleting them. This does not usually apply to data previously verified by sources other than the data provider. 

The final dataset to be integrated into the WDPA/OECM database is sent to the data provider for final approval. Data providers are encouraged to retain WDPA IDs in their own datasets as this significantly improves the frequency of future updates.



 Click Here to Download the WDPA Data Submission Excel Template


Click Here to Download the GD-PAME Data Contributor Agreement Form


Download Instructions

  • Click on the download Link.
  • You will be directed to the document in Google Drive.
  • Go to file, click download and select the download format.
  • Fill the downloaded file and submit. 






















What RRH offers

Regional Reference Information System
The ESA HUB has a regional reference information system that is free, secure and built using open source technologies. It hosts a broad range of data that can be stored and used, such as field data, indicators, satellite imagery, maps, photos, surveys and documents.

Knowledge Products
The ESA HUB provide information and knowledge products that allow conservation actors, donors and decision makers to access the most updated and comprehensive information on protected areas and natural resources management at regional, national and site levels.

Capacity Building
We develop the capacity of stakeholders on protected and conserved area management effectiveness, governance, equity and data management. Most of the training opportunities are offered at Regional Level and the dates are announced at the Upcoming Events section.

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