Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway
Web Applications

Regional Reference Information System (RRIS)

The RRIS uses the internet to integrate a diverse range of relevant protected area and biodiversity data and information from different authoritative sources. A lot of this information is geospatial (maps and other data with a geographic reference), complemented with relevant literature, news and events. Typical information available in the RIS includes:

  • Protected Areas boundaries (source: UNEP-WCMC World Database on Protected Areas)
  • Species and Red List data (source: IUCN)
  • Land cover data (source: JRC, various)
  • Important Bird Areas (source: Birdlife International)
  • Extractive industries and resource exploitation (source: various)
  • Population, infrastructure and settlements data (source: various)
  • Climate and meteorological data (source: JRC)
  • Soil data (source: JRC)
  • Satellite imagery (source: various)
  • Training and capacity building opportunities
The RRIS is firmly based on the use of open source software and the internet and utilises the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA; as the main technical platform. The front-end is developed using Drupal, one of the leading content management frameworks. The back-end datastore is PostgreSQL with the PostGIS extension for geographic data.

As part of the RRIS, GeoNode functions as a data repository for biodiversity and protected areas. Here you can discover and use maps, reports, data and other information sources, and upload your own to share with others. The themes of data you can find here cover a broad range of natural resource management and related topics.

The core development is done by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, based in Italy, and online mapping capabilities are provided by GeoServer and MapServer.

A social networking service which allows communications within and among the BIOPAMA community. Yammer facilitates the creation of user groups, bringing persons together virtually, to facilitate quicker sharing of ideas, updates and documents and allows for greater engagement of persons.