Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
"The MA is an international work program 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.
The MA was launched by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in June 2001 and it
will help to meet assessment needs of the Convention on Biological Diversity,
Convention to Combat Desertification, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and the
Convention on Migratory Species, as well as needs of other users in the private
sector and civil society.
If the MA proves to be useful to its stakeholders, it is anticipated that an
assessment process modeled on the MA will be repeated every 5–10 years and that
ecosystem assessments will be regularly conducted at national or sub-national
Read GreenFacts' popularized version of the
MA General Synthesis Report,
and of the
MA Biodiversity Synthesis Report.
the MA Desertification Synthesis Report
English: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Español: Evaluación de Ecosistemas del Milenio
Français: Evaluation des Ecosystèmes pour le Millénaire
Nederlands: Millennium Ecosystem Assessment