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Millenium Ecosystem Assessment

Data Source: EFI EUROFOREST Portal
TitleMillenium Ecosystem Assessment
2nd TitleL’Évaluation des écosystèmes pour le millénaire; Evaluación de los Ecosistemas del Milenio
CreatorUnited Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
DescriptionThe Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) was called for by the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2000. Initiated in 2001, the objective of the MA was to assess the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being and the scientific basis for action needed to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of those systems and their contribution to human well-being. The MA has involved the work of more than 1360 experts worldwide. Their findings, contained in five technical volumes and six synthesis reports (published in 2005), provide a state-of-the-art scientific appraisal of the condition and trends in the world's ecosystems and the services they provide (such as clean water, food, forest products, flood control, and natural resources) and the options to restore, conserve or enhance the sustainable use of ecosystems. The overall aims were to contribute to improved decision-making concerning ecosystem management and human well-being, and to build capacity for scientific assessments. The report is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
LanguageEnglish, French, Russian, Spanish
Keywordsscenarios; environmental assessment; human well-being; ecosystem services; sustainability; sustainable use of ecosystems; conservation; capacity building; assessment; reports
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 Published: August 12 2011 | Last updated: December 1 2015