Organize Your Own Protected Area Database Print

Protected areas are locations which receive protection because of their recognized natural, ecological and/or cultural values. Monitoring of protected areas is important to track the effectiveness and/or limitations of conservation measures implemented so that problem areas could be appropriately addressed in a timely manner.  Thus, having a comprehensive protected area database is vital for sound management and decision making purposes.

 

The first step towards organizing and establishing a comprehensive PA database is to digitize PA information in a common standard format for ease of integration and analysis. The United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) developed a global standard format in encoding protected area information and this has been used in establishing the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA).  To be interoperable with global datasets, the protected area information  in the ASEAN must at least conform to the standard WDPA fromat.  Working towards this end, ACB developed online and offline PA database encoding interfaces following the WDPA format to facilitate encoding of PA information in the region. 

 

The Online PA Database Encoding Interface

The online PA database encoding interface contains 26 fields divided into three main categories: protected area details, protected area designations and protected area legislations. It also contains a facility for uploading PA maps. The figure below shows a screen capture of the online PA database encoding interface.

 

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Access the PA Online Database Encoder Interface

 

Offline PA Database Encoding Interface

The offline protected area database encoding interface was developed in Microsoft Excel, a software program that is familiar to most users and is accessible and available in most computers.  It contains the same number of fields as with the online interface but organized in a slightly different manner as the fields are all arranged in one sheet.  It also has a facility for PA map uploading.  The figure below presents a screen capture of the offline PA database encoding interface. 

 

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