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.
Release: 24 September 2019
Protected Areas: Unless indicated otherwise (see figure captions), the boundaries of the protected areas used here are coming from UNEP-WCMC and IUCN (2019), Protected Planet: The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) [On-line], [May/2019] , Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC and IUCN. Available at: www.protectedplanet.net. Protected Planet®, underpinned by the WDPA, is a joint product of UN Environment and IUCN, managed by UNEP-WCMC and IUCN working with governments, communities and collaborating partners.
Requirements: DOPA Explorer 4 is optimized for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
Citation: Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (year), The Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) Explorer 4 [On-line], [insert month/year of the version accessed], Ispra, Italy. Available at: http://dopa-explorer.jrc.ec.europa.eu
Funding: The development and maintenance of the DOPA are supported mainly by the institutional activities of the Directorate for Sustainable Resources at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission as well as by the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme, an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States financed by the European Development Fund (EDF) of the European Union.
Feedback: Any communication with respect to the use of the DOPA Explorer should be sent using this form
Acknowledgements: We acknowledge the essential contribution of all data providers and, in particular, the support provided by the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, BirdLife International and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility . We are also grateful to Peter Vogt (JRC), Christine Estreguil (JRC), Valerio Avitabile (JRC), Begoña de la Fuente Martín (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) Marius Gilbert (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Timothy Robinson (FAO) and Javier Martinez-Lopez (Universidad de Murcia) for their kind contributions to the processing and development of a few indicators. Our work would also not be possible without the IT support provided by Stefano Venturini, Christian Zanardi, Carlo Landi, Monica Merlotti and Luca Marletta.