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This work is the first product of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a four-year international work programme designed to meet the needs of decision-makers for scientific information on the links between ecosystem change and human well-being. It offers an overview of the project.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781559634038
ISBN-10: 1559634030
Format: Paperback
(222mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 212
Imprint: Island Press
Publisher: Island Press
Publish Date: 15-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - World Resources Institute

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.