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Welcome to the Wiki of the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA)THIS WEB SITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
The mission of the DOPA is providing the right information with the right tools to the right people working in biodiversity conservation with a focus on decision-makers.


Latest DOPA News

  • July, 2016

We are updating all DOPA web services using the latest versions of the World Database on Protected Areas and will release new web applications in view of the CBD COP13 in Mexico.

  • April 8, 2015 Release of DOPA Explorer 1.0

DOPA Explorer 1.0 has been made available at

DOPA Explorer 1.0 is a web based interface available in four languages (EN, FR, ES, PT) providing simple means to explore the nearly 16,000 protected areas that are at least as large as 100 km2. Distinguishing between terrestrial, marine and mixed protected areas, DOPA Explorer 1.0 can help end users to identify those with most unique ecosystems and species, and assess the pressures they are exposed to because of human development.

The manual can be downloaded here:

Citation: Dubois, G., Bastin, L., Martinez Lopez J., Cottam, A., Temperley, H., Bertzky, B., Graziano, M. (2015). //The Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) Explorer 1.0//. EUR 27162 EN. Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 53 p