We would like to invite you on Monday 19th at 18.15 (M7 - Youth Room Building 1) at our COP 14 side event
Bridging Aichi Targets 5, 11 and 15 with the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) and the World Atlas of Desertification (WAD)
The Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) has been developed over the last years by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in collaboration with the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and BirdLife International to mainly support the work of the CBD Secretariat and the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020.
By providing a broad range of globally consistent and comparable indicators, based on global reference data sets, on protected area coverage, connectivity, species, ecosystems and pressures at country, ecoregion and protected area scale, the DOPA is the most advanced information system on protected areas and a reference information system that is particularly relevant for the UN Sustainable Development Goals 14 (Life below Water) and 15 (Life on Land).
This side event will also be the opportunity to launch the DOPA Explorer 3.0, a new web-based application offering an unprecedented level of information on nearly 30 000 terrestrial, coastal and marine protected areas globally. DOPA Explorer uses, among other indicators and data sources, new information on land degradation derived from JRC's latest World Atlas of Desertification (WAD) and earth observations data derived from Copernicus, the European Union's Earth Observation Programme. By doing so, this new version of DOPA Explorer provides unique information bridging the gap between Aichi Targets 5 on the loss of natural habitats, Target 11 on protected areas and Target 15 on the restoration of ecosystems.
It is the purpose of this side event to present these new developments including the WAD, to showcase the use of DOPA Explorer 3.0 to support decision making and national and international reporting (NBSAPs) and to discuss the global challenges of further integrating an increasing amount of data into complex systems for knowledge management
Chair and moderator:
Ivan Davor Kulis, Head of Knowledge for Sustainable Development and Food Security Unit, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Sarat Gidda, Senior Programme Management Officer, Secretariat of the CBD
Stefan Leiner, Head of Biodiversity Unit, DG Environment, European Commission
Naomi Kingston, Head of Programme Protected Areas, UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Grégoire Dubois, Lead of the Global Conservation And Development project, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission