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Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

Ecosystems and Human Well-being ... A Framework for Assessment

Burgess COMMENTARY

Peter Burgess

Ecosystems and Human Well-being ... A Framework for Assessment

Summary

Ecosystems and Human Well-Being is the first product of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a four-year international work program designed to meet the needs of decision-makers for scientific information on the links between ecosystem change and human well-being. The book offers an overview of the project, describing the conceptual framework that is being used, defining its scope, and providing a baseline of understanding that all participants need to move forward.

The Millennium Assessment focuses on how humans have altered ecosystems, and how changes in ecosystem services have affected human well-being, how ecosystem changes may affect people in future decades, and what types of responses can be adopted at local, national, or global scales to improve ecosystem management and thereby contribute to human well-being and poverty alleviation. The program was launched by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in June 2001, and the primary assessment reports will be released by Island Press in 2005.

Leading scientists from more than 100 nations are conducting the assessment, which can aid countries, regions, or companies by:

  • providing a clear, scientific picture of the current state of Earth's ecosystems at multiple scales

  • deepening our understanding of the relationship and linkages between ecosystems and human well-being, including economic, social and cultural aspirations

  • demonstrating the potential of ecosystems to contribute to poverty reduction and enhanced well-being

  • offering scenarios of our future human and ecological well-being

  • identifying and evaluating policy and management options for sustaining ecosystem services and harmonizing them with human needs

The Millennium Assessment is an invaluable new resource for professionals and policy-makers concerned with international development, environmental science, environmental policy, and related fields. It will help both in choosing among existing options and in identifying new approaches for achieving integrated management of land, water, and living resources while strengthening regional, national, and local capacities. It will also improve policy and decision-making at all levels through improved collaboration between natural and social scientists, and between scientists and policy-makers. Ecosystems and Human Well-Being is an essential introduction to the project.

Contents


Preface pdf, 49 KB Open from TVM server Open from MA server
Acknowledgements pdf, 40 KB Open from TVM server Open from MA server
Summary pdf, 467 KB Open from TVM server Open from MA server
01. Introduction and Conceptual Framework pdf, 379 KB Open from TVM server Open from MA server
02. Ecosystems and Their Services pdf, 319 KB Open from TVM server Open from MA server
03. Ecosystems and Human Well-being pdf, 310 KB Open from TVM server Open from MA server
04. Drivers of Change in Ecosystems and Their Services pdf, 194 KB Open from TVM server Open from MA server
05. Dealing with Scale pdf, 521 KB Open from TVM server Open from MA server
06. Concepts of Ecosystem Value and Valuation Approaches pdf, 277 KB Open from TVM server Open from MA server
07. Analytical Approaches pdf, 274 KB Open from TVM server Open from MA server
08. Strategic Interventions, Response Options, and Decision-making pdf, 184 KB Open from TVM server Open from MA server
Appendices pdf, 117 KB Open from TVM server Open from MA server
Bibliography pdf, 154 KB Open from TVM server Open from MA server
Index pdf, 130 KB Open from TVM server Open from MA server
Brochure pdf, 4,315 KB Open from TVM server Open from MA server
Overview Global Assessments Bridging Scales Subglobal Assessments Statement of the Board Synthesis Reports Framework

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