Welcome to the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas

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 applications that can be used primarily to assess, monitor, report and possibly forecast the state of and the pressure on protected areas at multiple scales. The data, indicators, maps and tools provided by the DOPA are relevant to a number of end-users including policy makers, funding agencies, protected area agencies and managers, researchers and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The information can be used , for example, to support spatial planning, resource allocation, protected area development and management, and national and international reporting. Using global reference datasets, the DOPA supports global assessments but also provides a broad range of consistent and comparable indicators at country, ecoregion and protected area level. 


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.