May 16, 2022

Reference: New Web Based Tool to Assess the World’s Protected Areas

A new research tool from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

From JRC News:

DOPA Explorer 1.0 is the JRC’s latest web-based interface which provides a simple way to explore nearly 16 000 of the world’s protected areas.

Distinguishing for the first time between terrestrial, marine and mixed protected areas, DOPA Explorer 1.0 proposes new indicators that can help end users to identify those areas with the most unique ecosystems and species. It can also assess the pressures to which they are exposed due to human activities.

DOPA Explorer 1.0 was developed for the JRC’s Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA). It allows end users to assess nearly 16,000 protected areas at the global scale in terms of species, habitats and anthropogenic pressure. The tool is available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.


Established in 2011 by the JRC to help assess, monitor and possibly forecast the state of and pressures on protected areas at the global scale, DOPA is built on a set of open web-based data and modelling services. Using mainly data on protected areas, species distribution, socio-economic indicators and remote sensing information, DOPA is designed to generate the essential indicators needed by decision-makers when defining policies and concrete actions to be taken to halt biodiversity loss and restore degraded ecosystems.


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