Protected Areas
   TNC: The Nature Conservancy

legend Data Source: The Nature Conservancy based on UNEP/IUCN 2007, CBI 2006 and CAPAD 2006
snow Andean Cat Range shown here is from the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, which brings together more than 200 of the world’s leading cat experts, including scientists, wildlife managers and conservationists from 50 countries who are dedicated to advancing the understanding and conservation of the world’s 36 wild living cat species.

wdpa Protected Areas shown are an excerpt of the Himalaya region from the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre World Database of Protected Areas The WDPA provides the most comprehensive dataset on protected areas worldwide. UNEP-WCMC compiles the WDPA with information supplied by national protected area management authorities and international organizations, and manages WDPA in partnership with the IUCN Commission on Protected Areas and the WDPA Consortium.

The TNC basemap is the percent of each global ecoregion that is formally protected, taken from the new Atlas of Global Conservation, published by UC Press and consisting of over 100 maps, charts and essays by leading conservation thinkers. Remote, arid, and cold lands such as the Tibetan Plateau, southwestern U.S. deserts, and Greenland tend to have more habitat protection, while agricultural areas such as the US Great Plains have less.