DOPA is a biodiversity information system developed by the JRC that functions as a tool for assessing, monitoring and forecasting biodiversity status and trends. It is made up of a set of interoperable web services developed by the JRC, using data from international organisations such as the World Conservation Monitoring Centre of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, among others. DOPA has been designed to assess the state of and pressures on protected areas on a global scale, and to prioritise protected areas according to their biodiversity and the pressures to which they are exposed. DOPA supports decision making and fund allocation processes, and has been recognised by the Convention on Biological Diversity (UNEP/CBD/COP/11/L.9, SCBD/SAM/DC/SBG/LJ/84384).
The Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) is a set of web services and applications that can be used primarily to assess, monitor, report and possibly forecast the state of and the pressure on protected areas at multiple scales.