The Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) is an information system which has been developed over the last years by the institutional support activities of the JRC with some support of the following projects funded by the EU.

Current projects

BIOPAMA (June 2011-July 2016) stands for Biodiversity and Protected Areas (PAs) Management in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States. The objective of this project managed by the JRC and the IUCN is to enhance existing local institutions and networks by building their capacity to strengthen policy and to implement well informed decisions on biodiversity conservation and protected areas management, and access and benefit sharing. The contribution of the IUCN is about  capacity building while the JRC provides the technical and scientific assistance to set up regional observatories for the 3 regions, observatories that are largely derived from the DOPA.

Duration: June 2011 - July 2016

Overall budget: 20 Mio Euros

Partners: 3

Funding: BIOPAMA is supported by a European Development Fund from DG DevCo – Europeaid



PACSBio (Programa de Apoyo a la Conservación Sostenible de la Biodiversidad). The EU is funding in Bolivia a Sector Budget Support Program to support the enforcement of the National System of Protected Areas and through it, the preservation of the natural and cultural patrimony, Sustainable economic development, Social participation in PAs management and improvement of PAs management capacities. In this context, the Joint Research Centre of the EC has been asked to develop a Digital Observatory for Bolivian protected Areas (BOPA) which is partly inspired from the DOPA. PACSBio includes a specific training and capacity building component on Protected Areas Management.

Duration: Jan 2012 - Jan 2016

Overall budget: 18 Mio Euros

Partners: 3

Funding: PACSBio is supported by a European Development Fund from DG DevCo – Europeaid



Past projects

EuroGEOSS, a European approach to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). The project was about building an initial operating capacity for a European Environment Earth Observation System in the three strategic areas of Drought, Forestry and Biodiversity. It has undertaken the research necessary to develop this further into an advanced operating capacity that provides access not just to data but also to analytical models made understandable and useable by scientists from different disciplinary domains. DOPA was be the core element of the Biodiversity operating capacity.

Duration: May 2009 - April 2012

Partners: 23

Overall budget: 6.1 Mio Euros

Funding: EuroGEOSS was funded through the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission


The DOPA uses various datasets acquired from a wide range of biodiversity stakeholders worldwide and from remote sensing information. The current model of eHabitat, DOPA’s core modeling service suffers however from the absence of any means to capture and document the various sources of uncertainties that are associated to the habitat data. Coupled with climate change web services, the propagation of the uncertainties between habitat - climate change data and models is likely to generate impact assessments of little value. It was the purpose of the Workpackage 4 of the UncertWeb project to implement the developed uncertainty framework to describe and quantify uncertainties in the habitat models as well as to document uncertainty in impact assessments of climate change when coupling eHabitat with a climate change model service.

Duration: February 2010 - January 2013

Partners: 7

Overall budget: 2.4 Mio Euros

Funding: UncertWeb was funded through the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission