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European Commission unveils updated GIS focused on world’s PAs

The European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC) has launched the second version of the DOPA Explorer, a global information system (GIS) that characterizes the world’s protected areas. As part of the JRC’s Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA), the first version of DOPA Explorer was launched in April 2015 to assess terrestrial, marine, and coastal protected areas.

DOPA Explorer identifies protected areas with critical ecosystems and species, and examines pressures on them as a result of human activities. Based on global reference datasets, DOPA provides consistent and comparable indicators on protected area coverage, connectivity, species, ecosystems, and pressures at country, eco-region and protected area scales. Such indicators support spatial planning, resource allocation, protected area development and management, and national and international reporting. They also support monitoring towards the Sustainable Development Goal on life on land (SDG 15) and life below water (SDG 14), as well as the Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 (protected areas).