|boundary = protected_area|
|Used to mark boundaries of protected areas including national parks, wilderness, marine protection areas, heritage sites and other, similar areas.|
|Used on these elements|
|Status: in use|
|Tools for this tag|
+ protect_class=1 to 99
- 1 How to Map
- 2 Classification
- 3 Additional keys
- 4 Protect classes for various countries
- 5 Background
- 6 Discussions
- 7 External links
How to Map
- For small protected areas, draw a closed way to define the area.
- Larger or more complex protected areas are usually mapped as relations with type=boundary. Some mappers use type=multipolygon instead.
- Add the tags boundary=protected_area + protect_class=1 to 99 + protection_title=...
- Add the most commonly-used local name for the area in the name=* tag
- If there is a longer official name this may be tagged with official_name=*
The nature of the protected area is identified using protect_class=1 to 99 which are divided into three categories:
- nature conservation for complex ecosystems (1-9, 97-99),
- resources conservation for important single resources(11-19) and
- social conservation for community and architecture (21-29).
The tables "Protect classes for various countries" below, provide guidance on the use of protect_class.
Protected nature and landscape in ecosystem context, including promoted culture habits. Switch to the table of countries >>
|1||1a Strict Nature Reserve: ... strictly protected areas ... are strictly controlled and limited ... can serve as indispensable reference areas for scientific research and monitoring.
1b Wilderness Area: ... usually large unmodified or slightly modified areas, retaining their natural character and influence within permanent or significant human habitation, ...
You can keep them apart by an additional zone-Tag.
|Ia: naturereserve Florarna in Sweden.|
Ib: Bolshoi Arkticheskiy naturereserve on nothsibirien peninsula Taimyr.
|2||National Park: ... large natural or near natural areas set aside to protect large-scale ecological processes, ...||Yellowstone (USA), Watten Sea (Europe), ...|
|3||Natural Monument or Feature: ... protect a specific natural monument, which can be a landform, sea mount, submarine cavern, geological feature such as a cave or even a living feature such as an ancient grove. They are generally quite small protected areas and often have high visitor value. Cultural and archaeological important.||Victoria Falls (Africa), ...|
|4||Habitat/Species Management Area: ... aim to protect particular species or habitats and management reflects this priority. Many Category IV protected areas will need regular, active interventions ...||Naturereserves, Naturschutzgebiet, ...|
|5||Protected Landscape/ Seascape: ... area where the interaction of people and nature over time has produced an area of distinct character with significant, ecological, biological, cultural and scenic value: ...||landscape protection, Naturparks like "Lüneburger Heide", Harz, ...|
|6||Protected area with sustainable use of natural resources: ... conserve ecosystems and habitats together with associated cultural values and traditional natural resource management systems. They are generally large, with most of the area in a natural condition, where a proportion is under sustainable natural resource management and where low-level non-industrial use of natural resources compatible with nature conservation is seen as one of the main aims of the area. For small areas and single-value-protection see also resources-protected-area: protect_class=11 to 19.||Tonda Wildlife Mangament Area (Papua Neu-Guinea), ...|
|7||nature-feature area: similar to 4. but without IUCN-level.||Some habitats are protected by local- or district-law: areas to protect one specie, special cover of vegetation, geological site, ...|
|97||protected by continental agreements. They often cover sites already protected by national law.||Asia: ASEAN Heritage, Europe: Smaragd-Network of the European Council, "Natura 2000" (FFH, Birdareas), European greenbelt, ...|
|98||protected by interstate- or international conventions. They often cover sites already protected by national law. A cross-border Nationalpark with IUCN-level should belong to 2.||World Heritage Convention, UNESCO-MAB Reserve, Wetlands of International Importance ("Ramsar"), ... or the "Barcelona Convention" by states bordering the Mediterranean Sea. African - Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), ...|
|99||other continental or international.|
Protected areas with a focus on single natural resources, including human living space itself, because of an important natural material or characteristic. Mostly appointed on community level. Switch to the table of countries.
|11||soil: crop yield, erosion protection, ...|
|12||water: water protection area, fresh water, drinking water, springs, ...|
|13||climate and -air: gasper supply/cold air, ...|
for emission-, immission control in OSM existent, see "Low Emission Zone" (LEZ)
|14||species: no fishing, protected for fishery, protected for hunting, plants, ...|
|15||location condition: floodwater retention area, protection forest, grazing land, ...|
|16||longtime hazard area: contamination, earth-moving area, "problem sites" ...|
|19||other national, not yet classified for ID 1 to 18, IUCN-level -999, ... . The indigenous areas with IUCN -999 should belong to ID 24.|
Important social interests. Visualize sociopolitical assets. Switch to the table of countries.
|21||Community life: religious, sacred areas, associative locations, recreation|
|22||Cultural assets (cultural assets and - efforts, districts historical heritage, monument conservation):|
protection of sites with special architecture or historic interest, designed and created intentionally by people: urban layout, buildings, landscape, gardens, art-goods, ...
|23||Protection in favor of economics: special economic zones, ...|
reservation / indigenous area / aboriginal: self-governing communities with land + indigenous: in OSM existent, see "boundary=aboriginal_lands"
state-boundaries: in OSM existent, see "boundary=administrative"
|25||Military areas: military refuges, test area, ...|
with regard to contents this is correct, however in OSM existent, see "military=*" and Map_Features#Military
|26||Historic: for colonial-era entities and protectorates. Otherwise like erstwhile-, former- or ancient-protected areas please better assign "cultural values" with value=22.|
|(27)||Public land: Public ground owned by Government entity (see discussion: it is no guaranty for protection, it is an owner-info for add.-tags!).|
|29||other social, not yet classified for ID 21 to 28.|
For background-information of the objects. Use the ref=* to hold an external ID for the area.
|protection_title=*||wildlife sanctuary, Zapovidnyk, National Park, Special Protected Area, World Heritage Convention, Aesthetic Forest, Heritage River, Indian Reserve, ...||Title or type of protection, not the proper name. The national designation, the formal title or type of protection (see level-table).
Important! You should give this. To make differences within one class. At the end it gives a sample of terms. The individual labeling, f.e. like the Phillipine "Nipas Category".
|protection_object=*||aborigine, nature, habitat, art, economic, politic, military, historic, water, soil, air, climat, noise, floodwater, rockslide, retention, ...||The point, subject matter, worth-feature. |
Preferably don´t list species or elements - therefor you should give a website-url.
|protection_aim=*||intention of the site|
|protection_ban=*||"no cats", ...*!!||banned actions. special permits ... Its not used, so *upcoming it will be taken out from here.|
|protection_instruction=*||"only cats", ...*!!||imperative. site development enforcement orders. Its not used, so *upcoming it will be taken out from here.|
|related_law=*||Law 4/1994, BNatSchG: § 23, ...||for the area. The title of the edict, title of the legal text, etc.|
|site_zone=*||1 to *, 1a to *, I to *, Ia to *||if there are buffer- or grading zones respectively levels of protection. For example national parks or waterprotection areas have such a system. Fit the ways with a relation to keep area and zones together.|
This tag should be more concretized like: catchment_zone=*, water_catchment_zone=*, protection_zone=*, water_protection_zone=*, habitat_buffer_zone=*, hazard_zone=*, ...
|valid_from=*||yyyy-mm-dd||if a directive is coming into effect. May be too for values like "1910 - 1920; 1960-12-09" if a protection is no continuum.|
|yyyy-mm-dd||see above and see the wiki-side|
|opening_hours=*||Dec 20-Jan 06 00:00-24:00
may be too "sunrise to sunset", ...
|for routes- and entering-concepts (associated with a zone-concept): if there are breeding seasons or something like that ... for example: opens only Dec 20 to Jan 06 but nonstop, 24h. In this context, the key-name doesn´t harmonize really but ... it should work.|
|operator=*||institutions, persons etc.|
|governance_type=*||government_managed (ministry or agency in charge, government-delegated management), social_protagonist, private_landowner, social_group (local Communities)||Who primarily maintains the site. The governance describes the decision-making structure of a site and is closely linked to ownership. About responsibly, social integration. (see wdpa-def.)|
|site_ownership=*||public (federal, province, municipal), community conserved areas (community, indigenous), joint or co-ownership, private.|
|site_status=*||designated, retired, intended, obtained, ...|
|protection_award=*||EUROPARC Transboundary Parks, Europadiplom, ...||Sometimes there are awards for a protected site|
|protected=*||perpetuity, limited, temporary||for an alternate determinated protection. Access. |
Its simular to the northamerican "protected" (see tagwatch)
|Mediterranean temporary ponds
Interpretation Manual of European Union Habitats - EUR27 (July 2007)
ID or cipher of corresponding classification systems by their abbreviation like from
|to giva a time when the element was being used. period with appropriate scale (persian, christian, pre-christian, chinese, mayan, ...). During tagging, nobody wants to figure out, what his period is in an different scale. That might done by querys. You need both tags.|
|website=*||http://www.nameoftheasite.com||appropriate site, for further information about the protected area, species, contact persons, laws, etc..|
|name=*||proper name||the site name, the proper name of the site. Use name-typical keys.|
|contamination=*||nuclear_mess, mercury, ...||or hazard_zone. Doesn´t realy belong to protected-areas. To mark a boundary of a polluted area. Constrained access due to the fact of longtime contamination facts.|
|north, south, west, east, central, upper, lower, sub, northeast, ...||for any partition of an area or orientation of an object.|
|ethnic_group=*||the name of the ethnic (indigenous, aboriginal) group, in connection with political protection, protect_class=24||I.e. in Colombia: arhuaco, embera, guambiano, kogui, nasa, paez...|
Protect classes for various countries
The tables below provide guidance on the use of protect_class in different countries. If your country is undocumented then refer to protectedplanet.net of the WDPA where you can search for it by its proper name. If there are no results, ask the appropriate (government) administration, use the talk page or your local mailing list for discussion and than add it below or add it to the "other"-levels. The following labeling is based upon the "IUCN Category" ... try to add ("harmonise") your country's protection-system to the table.
|Australia||In Australia there is no general relationship between the title given to a protected area and its IUCN category. Tagging should be based on data from (CAPAD)||In Australia there is no general relationship between the title given to a protected area and its IUCN category. Tagging should be based on data from (CAPAD)||In Australia there is no general relationship between the title given to a protected area and its IUCN category. Tagging should be based on data from (CAPAD)||In Australia there is no general relationship between the title given to a protected area and its IUCN category. Tagging should be based on data from (CAPAD)||In Australia there is no general relationship between the title given to a protected area and its IUCN category. Tagging should be based on data from (CAPAD)||In Australia there is no general relationship between the title given to a protected area and its IUCN category. Tagging should be based on data from (CAPAD)||-||-||UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve, Ramsar-Wetlands,World Heritage Convention||other international, not yet classified|
|Austria||In Austria there is no general relationship between the title given to a protected area and its IUCN category.
||Nationalpark||In Austria there is no general relationship between the title given to a protected area and its IUCN category.||In Austria there is no general relationship between the title given to a protected area and its IUCN category.||In Austria there is no general relationship between the title given to a protected area and its IUCN category.||-||Natura2000-Gebiet, Vogelschutzgebiet, Europaschutzgebiet||Biosphärenpark||-|
|Bolivia source||-||Parque / National Park||Monumento Natural / Natural Monument||Santuario, Reservas de Vida Silvestre / Sanctuary (endemic flora & fauna), Wildlife Reserves||-||Área Natural de Manejo Integrado / Integrated Management Natural Area||Reserva Natural de Inmovilización / Natural Reserve of Immobilization||-||-||-|
|Brazil||Biological Reserve, State Ecological Station||National Park, State Park, State Marine Park||Wildlife Refuge||State Area of Outstanding Ecological Interest||State Environmental Protection Area||Extractive Reserve, National Forest, State Sustainable Development Reserve, Extractive Reserve, National Forest||-||-||UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve, Ramsar-Wetlands,World Heritage Convention||other international, not yet classified|
|Nationaal park||Natuurmonument||Biotoop||Beschermd landschap||Ecosysteem||-||Vogelbroedplaats||-||-
|1a: Réserves naturelles domaniales (RND) et réserves naturelles agréées (RNA) intégrales||-||-||Réserves naturelles domaniales (RND) et réserves naturelles agréées (RNA) dirigées, cavités souterraines d'intérêt scientifique (CSIS), zone humide d'intérêt biologique (ZHIB)||Parc Naturel||Réserve forestière (RF)||-||-||-||-|
|Bulgaria||Резерват (Reserve)||Национален парк (National Park)||Природна забележителност (Natural Monument)||Поддържан резерват (Managed Nature Reserve)||Природен парк (Natural Park)||Защитена местност (Protected site)||-||Натура 2000 (EU Naturа 2000)||Биосферен резерват по програмата на ЮНЕСКО "Човекът и биосферата"(UNESCO-MAB)||Други неквалифицирани международни зони (other international, not yet classified)|
|Canada||Wilderness Area, Nature Conservancy of Canada Lands (Ia), Nature Reserve (Ia), Ecological Reserve (Ia), Special Place (Ia), Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Migratory Bird Refuge (Ia),||Provincial Park, Territorial Park, Migratory Bird Sanctuary,||National Historic Site, National Historic Park, Migratory Bird Sanctuary, -Refuge,||Wildlife Management Area, Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Eastern Habitat Joint Venture Lands,||Conservation Authority Area,Conservation Area, Recreation Site,||Faunal Habitat, Salmon River, Wildlife Habitat - Waterfowl Gathering Area, Community Pasture, Migratory Bird Sanctuary,||Agreement Forest, Protective Forest, Operational Parks and Reserves, National Capital Commission Area, Recreation Site, Natural Area, Migratory Bird Sanctuary||-||UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve, Ramsar-Wetlands,World Heritage Convention||other international, not yet classified|
|China||National Nature Reserves||National Parks/National Geoparks/National Forest Parks/National Wetland Parks/National Desert Parks/National Water Parks/National Special Marine Protected Areas||National Closed Sandified Land Protected Areas/National Typical Earthquake Sites||National Domestic Animal Genetic Resources Conservation Areas/National Aquatic Germplasm Resources Conservation Areas/National Wood (Flower) Parks||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Colombia||-||National Park / Parques Nacionales Naturales (PNN) y Reservas Nacionales Naturales (RNN)||National Nature Monument / Área natural única||Protected Site ( Santuarios de Flora y Fauna||Regional Park /Parques Regionales Naturales (PRN)||Área de Reserva Forestal (ARF)||-||-||-||-|
|Croatia||Strict Reserve / Strogi rezervat||National Park / Nacionalni park||Special Reserve / Posebni rezervat||Nature park / Park prirode||Regional park /Regionalni park||Nature monument / Spomenik prirode||Significant landscape / Značajan krajobraz||-||-||-|
|Czech Republic||National Nature Reserve, Nature Reserve||National Park||National Nature Monument, Natural Monument||Protected Site||Protected Landscape Area||-||-||Natura 2000||-||other international, not yet classified
|France||Réserve intégrale||Cœur de Parc national||Réserve naturelle nationale (si réserve géologique), Réserve naturelle régionale (si réserve géologique), sites classés et inscrits||Réserve naturelle nationale, Réserve naturelle régionale, Réserve biologique, Réserve nationale de chasse et faune sauvage, Sites du Conservatoire du Littoral||Aire d'adhésion de Parc national, Parc naturel régional, Parc naturel marin, Sites du Conservatoire du Littoral||Parc naturel marin||-||Natura 2000||UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve, Ramsar-Wetlands,World Heritage Convention||-|
|Germany||-||Nationalpark||-||Naturschutzgebiet||Naturpark, Landschaftsschutzgebiet||-||Geschützer Biotop, -Landschaftsbestandteil, Naturdenkmal, Horstschutzgebiet, Waldschutzgebiete (Schon- und Bannwald), Gewässerschutz, ...||Natura 2000: Site of Community Interest (SCI), FFH-Gebiet (SAC), Vogelschutzgebiet (SPA), Emerald-Gebiete. European greenbelt, ...||UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve, Ramsar-Feuchtgebiete, Welterbe, ...||weitere internationale, noch nicht klassifiziert.|
|-||Parco Nazionale, Parco Naturale Regionale, Area Naturale Marina||Monumento Naturale, Sito Archeologico||Riserva Naturale Statale/Regionale, Biotopo, Area Naturale Marina||Zona umida, Area Protetta, Oasi, Parco Urbano, ecc.||-||Natura 2000: Sito di Importanza Comunitaria (SIC), Zona di Protezione Speciale (ZPS), Zona Speciale di Conservazione (ZSC), Convenzione delle Alpi||Convenzione di Ramsar, UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve,|
|Panama||(IUCN-Ib) Reserva Científica||Parque Nacional||Monumento Natural||Refugio de Vida Silvestre||Reserva Hidrológica;
Área Natural Recreativa
Área de Recursos Manejados
|Philippines||Wilderness Area||National Park, Natural Park||Natural Monument||Bird Sanctuary, Wildlife Sanctuary||Protected Landscape, Protected Seascape, Protected Landscape and Seascape, Managed Resource Protected Area, Natural Biotic Area||Resource Reserve, Watershed Forest Reserve||-||ASEAN Heritage Parks||UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve, Ramsar-Wetlands, World Heritage Convention||other international, not yet classified|
|Paisagem Protegida (*issued by National Authority),
|Reserva Natural||Paisagem Protegida (*issued by Local/Regional Authority),
Paisagem Protegida Regional,
Paisagem Protegida Local
|Área Protegida Privada||Natura 2000||UNESCO-MAB,
|Russia||Zapovednik||National Park||Nature Monument||Zakasnik||-||Ramsar-Wetlands, World Heritage Convention, UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve, ...||other international, not yet classified|
due to publishing restrictions, data not on the WDPA
|-||-||-||-||Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty||-||-||-||-||other international, not yet classified|
|the United States||National Wilderness. 1A: Nature Conservancy Fee Land, Research Natural Area (USFS), Ecological Preserve or Natural Area, Research Natural Area (BLM), ... 1b: Wilderness Area, - (BLM), -(USFS), Wilderness Study Area (BLM), ...||National Park (NPS), State Marine Reserve, (State Park), ...||National Monument, Audubon Society Preserve or Sanctuary, State Marine Park, ...||National Wildlife Refuge, National Wildlife Refuge (FWS), Special Biological Areas (USFS), State Habitat Area, State Nature Preserve, State Waterfowl Production Area, State Wildlife Management Area, State Marine Conservation Area, State Marine Recreational Management Area||National Preserve. Area of Critical Environmental Concern (BLM), City Park, City Preserve or Natural Area, Conservancy Easement, Conservation/Natural Area, County Park, Local Land Trust Easement, Local Land Trust Preserve, National Forest (USFS), Nature Conservancy Fee Land, State Conservation Area or Park, State Ecological Reserve, State Heritage Preserve, State Managed Conservation Easements, State Natural Area, State Park, State Wild or Scenic River, Wild, Scenic & Recreation River (USFS), ...||National Forest, National Grassland. Waterfowl Production Area (FWS)||-||-||-||other international, not yet classified
|Slovakia||National Nature Reserve, Nature Reserve||National Park||National Nature Monument, Natural Monument||Protected Site||Protected Landscape Area||-||-||-||-||other international, not yet classified|
|Spain||Reservas Naturales Integrales||Parque Nacional||Monumento Natural,
Área Marina Protegida, Sitio de Interés Científico, Reserva Natural Especial
Paisaje Protegido, Áreas Naturales de Especial Interés
|Parque Rural, Parque Regional||Zonas de la Red Ecológica Europea Natura 2000 (LIC, ZEC, ZEPA y Hábitats de Interés Comunitario)||UNESCO-MAB Reservas de la Biosfera, Humedales Ramsar,World Heritage Convention||
|Ukraine||Nature Reserve, Zapovednik (Природний заповідник)||National Nature Park, National Park (Національний природний парк)||Natural Monument, Natural Nature Monument (Пам'ятка природи)||Zakaznyk (Заказник); Conservation Stow (Заповідне урочище)||Regional Landscape Park (Регіональний ландшафтний парк); Botanic Garden (Ботанічний сад); Dendrological Park (Дендрологічний парк); Zoological Park (Зоологічний парк); Park-monument of Landscape Art (Парк-пам'ятка садово-парковогомистецтва)||-||-||-||UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve (Біосферний заповідник); Ramsar-Wetlands (Водно-болотні угіддя міжнародного значення)||other international, not yet classified|
|Australia||Water Catchment Protection Areas||other national, ...|
|Austria||-||Quellschutzgebiet, Wasserschutzgebiet||IG Luft||-||Bannwald||Altlast, Überschwemmungsgebiet, Hochwasserzone||-|
|Waterwinningsgebied||Jachtgebied||andere, niet geclassificeerd|
|Canada||Game Preserve, ...||other national, ...|
|Germany||Bodenschutz||Trinkwasserschutz, Trinkwassergewinnung, Heilquellenschutz, ...||Kaltluftentstehung, Frischluftversorgung, Immissionsschutz-, ...||Angelverbot, Fischereischutzzone, Jagdschutzgebiet, ...||Retentionsraum, Schutzwald, Standort,||Kontaminationsfläche, Bodenbewegungsgebiet, ...||weitere, nicht klassifiziert|
|Philippines||Game Refuge, Marine Reserve||other national|
|United States||State Forest||EPA Superfund site|
|Country||21||22||23||24 (possibly being deprecated by boundary=aboriginal_lands)||25||26||27* )||29|
|Australia||monument conservation||other social|
|Austria||Kulturdenkmal, UNESCO-Kulturerbe||(Truppenübungsplatz, Kaserne, Fernmeldeanlage, Munitionslager)|
|Brazil||Indigenous Protected Areas||other social, ...|
|Colombia||-||-||-||Indigenous Protected Areas and Afro Colombian Protected Areas: Resguardos indígenas y Tierras de Comunidades Negras||-||-||-||-|
|Germany||Denkmalschutz||-||weitere sozial bestimmte|
|Philippines||UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites||Special Economic Zones||Ancestral Domains/Lands||other social|
|Portugal||UNESCO World Heritage List,
MN - Monumento Nacional,
MIP - Monumento de Interesse Público,
SIP - Sítio de Interesse Público,
IIP - Imóvel de Interesse Público,
IIM - Imóvel de Interesse Municipal,
IM - Interesse Municipal
|Spain||UNESCO Patrimonio de la Humanidad, Bien de Interés Cultural (BIC)|
|Switzerland||Kulturgüterschutz (KGS Swiss Inventory)||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|United States||monument conservation||Indigenous Protected Areas||(Federal) Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), federal public lands which are not (federal) US Department of Agriculture's US Forest Service (USFS), State Land Trust.||other social|
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) designed categories of nature conservation management, which communicate "intensities of engagement". On a technical view, the fact of protection doesn't fit with the surface or the objects of an area, it just looks for some structures for bordering (e.g. on initial areas, inhabitants may go on with their usual activities for a longer period of transition). 'Protection is no landuse', it is a political agreement. So, the already existing key "boundary" is a suitable key. As associated value, "protected_area" was newly established, because it is clear and emphasizes "the precaution" and "the limitation". Limitations don't emerge only by nature conservation. Further reasons are socio-political and include economic requests, for taking care of resources. Areas also might receive awards, which require a consideration. Those matters are also taken up here.
In order to allow the use of a familiar country-specific ordering system for easy handling (mapping and rendering) the multiplicity of "nomenclatures" was assigned to a few numbers of IDs ("protect_class"). Similarly managed or intended protected areas should use the same value. IDs are short and more friendly; it is easier to conflate an abstract code with "my" local name, than a foreign name ("Природна ..." = 3). The protectedplanet website by the IUCN allows us to determine many types of national nature-conservation areas.
So, the first 'class 1-9' mostly align with these IUCN-categories and cover the section nature-conservation (and that in a holistic view, inclusive culture aspects like special kinds of farming). But for the sake of independence, don't think of the classes as "coupled" with the IUCN categories. The '10s-block' signifies areas to conserve resources ("economic view") - the basic ones are soil and minerals, water, air, species and for some locations, certain features or facilities. The '20s-block' signifies socio-political interests. Finally the '90s-block' signifies awards and supra-regional, and global categories.
Protect_class 1 to 6 are from IUCN Protected Areas Categories System (2009). To associate the correct class, see the IUCN-database at protectedplanet.net, section "IUCN Category". The intention is for protect_class=* 1 to 6 fit with the IUCN-level I to VI, class 19 to IUCN -999. whereas protect_class 7 more correctly associates to additional sites which otherwise would go untagged. There are no protected areas for the United Kingdom in the WDPA (see WDPA-FAQ). Sites by international convention belong into protect_class 97 to 99.
Until 2010 there was a lack of fitting tags for the plurality of types of nature-reserves (e.g. in europe there are about 90). Only two types are used in OSM: nature reserve (leisure=nature_reserve) and nationalpark (boundary=national_park), moreover those are technically not equal. So lots of protected areas became tagged incorrectly.
Pay attention to the discussion-content, see:
You can keep buffer-areas or zones apart with additional 'site_zone-tag plus relation' (see polygon example graphic).
- leisure=nature_reserve - Like a national park, a nature reserve is about protecting wildlife etc. The distinction is unclear and is under discussion, but some suggestions are: nature reserves are smaller areas than national parks, National parks are rather like administrative boundaries around large areas (and may in fact include cities) whereas nature reserves are more evident on-the-ground.
- Tag:boundary=aboriginal_lands, which may be in the process of deprecating boundary=protected_area + protect_class=24. There is some discussion at Talk:Proposed_features/Tag:boundary=aboriginal_lands. (The tag is Approved, it is no longer a Proposed feature).
- Proposed_features/Key:protected_area - Proposes some modifications
- Proposed_features/conservation another sub-category of the tag proposed on this page ?
- IUCN Protected Areas Categories System
- Wetlands of International Importance ("Ramsar")
- UNESCO-MAB Biosphere Reserve
- UNESCO-liste of MAB-sites
- World Heritage Convention.
- ASEAN Heritage > Biodiversity Information ...
- Barcelona Convention Mediterranean Action Plan
- GIS Viewer Natura 2000 european Natura 2000-network areas
- Water Conservation Districts
- Planning Notes for Soil Protection
- Wikipedia, Soil_conservation
There are governments, keeping a habitat system: