A protected area is a geographic area under national protection because of its natural, biological, cultural or historical resources so that it can be protected from various types of human pressure and degradation. There are 39 protected areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), of which 27 are in Republika Srpska, 12 are in the Federation of BiH, while Brčko District has yet to declare an area under protection. On top of those, three sites in BiH have been declared as protected under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance. Reporters from the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) in Sarajevo have collected information about these areas and put them together in a database. Along with the basic information about the area, the database features information about what makes each area special; what are allowed and prohibited activities in the area; links to decisions that proclaim the area protected as well as photos.