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Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) is an international process designed to meet the needs of decision makers and the public for scientific information concerning the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being and options for responding to those changes. Leading scientists from more than 100 nations will conduct the assessment, with oversight by a Board comprised of representatives of four international conventions, five United Nations agencies, international scientific organizations, and leaders from the private sector, NGOs, and indigenous groups. The MA is designed to meet some of the assessment needs of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Convention to Combat Desertification, and the Wetlands Convention, as well as needs of other users in the private sector and civil society. It was launched by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in June 2001. The first products will be released in 2003, and the main products will be released in 2004. It is anticipated that a process like the MA will be repeated every 5 to 10 years.

Bridging Scales and Knowledge Systems

Bridging Scales and Knowledge Systems

Concepts and Applications in Ecosystem Assessment

Bridging the gap between local knowledge and western science is essential to understanding the world's ecosystems and the ways in which humans interact with and shape those ecosystems. This book brings together a group of world-class scientists...

Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Our Human Planet

Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Our Human Planet

Summary for Decision Makers

Our Human Planet summarizes the findings of the four working groups and serves as a reference guide to the four main volumes in the MA series. It presents the key findings of each of the working groups, providing an overview of the...

Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Multiscale Assessments

Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Multiscale Assessments

Findings of the Sub-Global Assessments Working Group

One of the major innovations of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment is the incorporation of local and regional assessments—33 in all—in a global portrait of the planet’s health.