We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.”

E. Wilson, 1998, Consilience

The Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPAis a set of web services and interfaces that provides a large variety of end-users including park managers, park agencies, other decision-makers and researchers with means to assess, monitor and possibly forecast the state of and pressure on protected areas at multiple scales. Using reference datasets, DOPA is designed to encourage a cross-disciplinary approach to biodiversity without being exposed to excessive risks coming from mixing data from undocumented sources and/or with undocumented uncertainties.


Provide best available material (data, indicators, models) agreed on by contributing institutions which can serve for establishing baselines for research and reporting.Provide free web based tools (databases, portals, modeling services) designed to support decision making and capacity building activities for conservation.Provide an interoperable and, as much as possible, open source framework to allow institutions to develop their own means to assess, monitor and forecast the state of and pressure on protected areas.