The number and total extent of protected areas will increase significantly during the next few decades. The challenge is making this expansion count in terms of biodiversity conservation.

Increasingly, conservation planning is being used to identify the best areas to protect biodiversity. However, there is no structured or reliable way of finding information on methods, trends and progress. Further, there is varying quality and detail in documentation of the plans, which limits opportunities to develop and apply best-practice principles.

The Conservation Planning Database takes an important step in remedying the lack of transparency and consistency in global conservation planning. The database will help track the development, implementation, and impact of conservation planning, improving theory and practice in the field.

The marine conservation planning proof-of-concept database (Alvarez-Romero et al. 2018) includes information on planning goals, location and spatial extent of the effort, targeted conservation features, methods, outputs, and the roles of stakeholders.

20% of survey complete.