Frequently Asked Questions

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. 

We are planning to release a downloadable version of PADDD data in the future. Please check back for updates. 

World Wildlife Fund.  YYYY.  PADDDtracker: Tracking Protected Area Downgrading, Downsizing, and Degazettement [Beta version].  Accessed DD-MM-YYYY.

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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, keeps track of new protected areas. If you would like to contribute information about protected area growth, please contribute to 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. 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. 

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

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.

Right now we do not have a way for you to directly upload your file to If possible, we ask that you draw the point or polygon onto the map using the Add or Edit functions. However, you are also welcome to contact us if you would like to discuss alternative ways to add your data. 

Users can rate the quality of a PADDD event using the 5-star rating system that is available on every PADDD event page. For example, if you know that the details of an event are correct, give it a 5 star rating. 

Check out our publications page, and check back as we'll be adding more publications in the coming months.