Protected connected land at country level as of June 2018

The layer on the map contains the values of the ProtConnBound indicator, which measures the percentage of country area covered by protected and connected lands considering the part of Protected Area (PA) connectivity that is in the power of a country to influence, i.e. factoring out the PA isolation due to the sea and to foreign lands. The values correspond to a median dispersal distance of 10 km. The layer includes the ProtConn values for all the countries or territories (ISO3 codes) differentiated in the GAUL country layer for year 2015.

Map of protection levels for the terrestrial and marine ecoregions of the world as of January 2019.

The map shows the percentage of coverage of the terrestrial and marine ecoregions of the world, excluding lakes, rock and ice, by protected areas. The statistics were computed using the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA) from January 2019 and ecoregion maps defined by Olsen et al. (2001) and Spalding et al. (2007). The marine ecoregions were clipped to the coastline of the terrestrial ecoregions and an outer boundary corresponding to the 200-meter isobath (Spalding et al. 2007).

Map of country protection levels for the terrestial ecoregions of the world as of January 2019

The map shows the percentage of coverage within each country of the terrestrial ecoregions. The statistics were computed using the World Database of Protected Areas (WDPA) from January 2019 and ecoregion maps defined by Olsen et al. (2001) and Spalding et al. (2007). The analysis used all designated protected areas recorded in the WDPA as polygons, or points with a reported area, except for UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserves because many of their buffer areas do not meet the protected area definition of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

New version of DOPA Explorer

DOPA Explorer 4 has been released.
DOPA Explorer 4 provides simple means to explore and compare protected areas, with regard to their species and ecosystems, and the pressures they are exposed to through human development. DOPA Explorer 4 is a web-based assessment tool where information on nearly 45,000 protected areas (all protected areas ≥ 10 km2, covering more than 95% of the global protected surface) has been processed automatically to generate a set of indicators on ecosystems, climate, species and pressures.

Takala Terhi

Terhi is a project assistant in BIOPAMA project and is responsible for project management and coordination alongside project coordinator Stephen Peedell. She has a Master's Degree in environmental science from the University of Helsinki. Terhi has gained experience in project management in various NGO development projects and has also several years of experience in the public administration.

Living Planet Symposium 2019

The Living Planet Symposium 2019 will be held in Milan this uear. This symposium focuses on how Earth Observation contributes to science and society, and how disruptive technologies and actors are changing the traditional Earth Observation landscape, which is also creating new opportunities for public and private sector interactions.

Event Date: 
Monday, May 13, 2019 - 14:45 to Friday, May 17, 2019 - 14:45

Target 11 Partnership

Participation to the first meeting of the Target 11 Partnership ( organized by the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to discuss the strategy and actions plans to achieve Target 11 by 2020. More about Aichi Target 11

Meeting location: Vilm Island, Germany

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 14:45 to Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 14:45

EU Datathon deadline

Deadline for the submission of project descriptions of the third EU Datathon. The data set behind the DOPA Explorer 3.0 has been made available to all for this exciting exercise. More at

Event Date: 
Sunday, March 24, 2019 (All day)

Capitani Claudia

Claudia has a background in wildlife ecology and spatial analysis and developed her career at the science-policy-practice interface. She has a strong interest in ecosystem management and sustainable development, through both top-down and bottom-up approaches. Her research experience encompasses wildlife conservation, European Union policies assessment, tackling sustainable development and assessing impacts of climate change adaptation and mitigation on biodiversity and ecosystem services through scenarios co-production in East Africa.

Gkimtsas George

George is an engineer and GIS Developer. For the past years he has worked in the private sector, mainly in the Cadastre field of Greece, developing IT business systems with a heavy focus around GIS. He studied at the school of Rural Surveying and Engineering in the National Technical University of Athens. He joined JRC at 2019 as part of the DOPA team (Digital Observatory for Protected Areas). Passionate for all things about computer programming and a FOSS GIS enthusiast.