The Digital Observatory for Protected Areas
"Providing the right information to the right people with the right tools"
The Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) is conceived as a set of web services (databases, modeling services, broadcasting services, ...) to provide a large variety of endusers including park managers, decision-makers and researchers with means to assess, monitor and possibly forecast the state and pressure of protected areas at the global scale.
DOPA has three main objectives:
1) Provide best available material (data, indicators, models) agreed on by contributing institutions which can serve for establishing baselines for research & reporting;
2) Provide free web based tools (databases, portals, modeling services) designed to support decision making and capacity building activities for conservation;
3) 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 and pressure of protected areas.
Using reference datasets (i.e. IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species, UNEP-WCMC's World Database on Protected Areas, JRC's remote sensing products like the Global Landcover 2000), DOPA is designed to encourage a multi-scale cross-disciplinary approach to biodiversity without being exposed to excessive risks coming from mixing data from undocumented sources and/or with undocumented uncertainties.
Fig. 1. Illustration of the web services, currently in development at JRC, that will be made available by the DOPA.