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What do Gap Codes (Gap 1-4) Mean?

Published Jul 7, 2010

GAP Status Codes describe the degree to which land is managed for conservation.  Land in Codes 1 and 2 have the highest degree of management for conservation, while status 3 lands support multiple uses, including resource extraction (forestry, mining, etc.).  Status 4 lands are either unprotected or of unknown management intent.  An international system is also used, based on the IUCN’s ranks (1-10).