741 African protected areas (http://bioval.jrc.ec.europa.eu/APAAT/)
The Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) has been developed to allow researchers and decision-makers to assess, monitor and forecast protected areas globally (Photo: Noel McKeegan)
Thousands of organizations around the world are working towards protection of ecosystems, yet the sharing of data is extremely limited and often localized – swathes of information that could be important are unknown, unpublicized and from a global perspective, wasted. The Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA), developed by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), could pave the way for a new era of understanding. It aims to bring together multidisciplinary data allowing researchers and decision-makers the means to assess, monitor and forecast protected areas globally.
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