World Ecoregion Protection Statistics as of April 2018

The spreadsheet includes 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 April 2018 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).

European Natura 2000 Day

European Natura 2000 Day relates to the 21st May 1992, when both EU Habitats Directive and LIFE programme were approved. This Directive together with the Birds Directive (approved earlier in 1979) became a base of EU Natura 2000 Network of protected areas. Today Natura 2000 consists of more than 27 000 sites across EU land and seas successfully contributing to the preservation of our unique European natural heritage.

Event Date: 
Monday, May 21, 2018 (All day)


On 8-12 September 2018 the Hellenic Society for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics will organise the seventeenth edition of the European Conference on Computational Biology in association with the ELIXIR. The ECCB 2018 will take place in the historic city of Athens in Greece. It is the main computational biology event in Europe and will welcome scientists working in a variety of disciplines, including bioinformatics, computational biology, biology, medicine, and systems biology.

Event Date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 09:00 to Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 18:00

EEZ boundaries

Country boundaries used in DOPA are built from a combination of GAUL (2015) country boundaries and exclusive economic zones (EEZ Version 9). The full details regarding the preparation of the base layers is documented in Bastin et al. (2017)



Inland Surface Water

Global surface water data and long-term changes are coming from a 30 m resolution global map showing 32-year history of Landsat data between 1984 and 2015 (Pekel, J.F. et al., 2016).


Forest cover

Forest gain and loss are computed over 2011-2016 using the data from the Global Forest Watch (Hansen et al., 2013)


Land cover

Single annual land cover maps for the years 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015 of 300 m resolution were obtained from the Land Cover Climate Change Initiative (Land Cover CCI 2017).

Land Cover CCI (2017). Product User Guide Version 2.0


International Conference for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial FOSS4G 2017

International Conference for Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial (FOSS4G 2017

Event Date: 
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, August 18, 2017 - 18:00

Nouvelles publications

New publications from the team have just been published in scientific journals and are open access to everyone.