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  • Title: ma-secretariat.org | 
    Descriptive info: .. Skip to Navigation.. Skip to Content.. Home.. Tweet.. December 3, 2001 Download the revised Response Options Working Group outline.. Please use this outline for Response Options nominations submitted after December 3.. November 22 2001 -A symposium on medical response for animals to natural catastrophes including assessment of pet meds and deployment.. October 31, 2001 The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) is seeking nominations of social and natural scientists to participate as experts or reviewers in the MA process.. Download the Call for Nominations and the 1st Draft MA Technical Volume Outlines.. United Nations Launches Extensive Study of Earth’s Ecosystems.. On June 5, 2001, World Environment Day, the United Nations, scientific groups, governments, foundations, and other international agencies, launched the most extensive study of the state of the world’s ecosystems.. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) will examine the processes that support life on earth like the world’s grasslands, forests, rivers and lakes, farmlands, and oceans.. The $21 million, four-year effort will involve 1,500 of the world’s leading scientists.. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment will map the health of our planet, and so fill important gaps in the knowledge that we need to preserve it, said UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in launching the study.. All of us have to share the Earth’s fragile ecosystems and precious resources, and each of us has to play a role in preserving them.. If we are to go on living together on this earth, we must all be responsible for it.. Read the full press release.. Ecosystem Data to Guide Hard Choices.. An  ...   for email updates!.. Welcome To Our New Website.. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment s website has been updated and redesigned from the ground up.. The Millennium Assessment website has been totally redesigned and updated.. This new site makes its debut just as work officially begins on designing the assessment itself.. As the MA moves forward, we anticipate that this site will continue to grow and evolve.. This website will become the primary connection among the various Working Groups of the assessment, but will also hopefully become an excellent source of information for anyone interested in ecosystem assessment design, or become an educational aid for those wanting to learn about ecosystem health.. Your comments about this site are welcome at any time, and should be directed to the Communications and Outreach Committee.. email.. Announcements.. November 22 2001 The document Sub-Global Assessment Selection Process is available for download.. November 7, 2001 The document Draft MA Publication and Review Procedures is available for download.. October 18, 2001 The Summary of the 2nd Technical Design Workshop is now available.. September 27, 2001 The third draft of the User Needs Outline is now available.. The Secretariat thanks those who submitted comments on the first draft.. This draft incorporates initial feedback, and will be used to stimulate discussion at the Technical Design Workshop in Cape Town, South Africa October 8-11, 2001.. We continue to welcome your input on this and subsequent drafts.. Also inside this website:.. Upcoming Meetings.. Pages.. MEA News.. Assessment.. Contact Us.. Site map.. Privacy Policy.. Site Map.. Copyright 2010.. ma-secretariat.. org..

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  • Title: Assessment | ma-secretariat.org
    Descriptive info: Sub-Global Assessments.. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) is a “multi-scale” assessment.. The overall assessment will include component assessments undertaken at several different geographic scales, ranging from individual villages to the globe, and the process will be designed so that the findings at any given scale are informed by the assessment components undertaken at other scales.. The MA Board established a Working Group in September 2000 to establish the framework and criteria for selecting assessments at multiple scales and to make recommendations to the board for the component assessments.. The primary recommendations of the Working Group were approved by the full MA Board on January 4, 2001.. The sub-global assessment component of the MA will consist of integrated multi-scale assessments in two to four focal regions.. The Board decided that the MA would initiate activities in Southern Africa and Southeast  ...   will result in a “loosely nested cluster” of assessment activities, including one assessment at the regional scale and one or more assessments at sub-regional or local scales within the regions.. Through the focus on these three multi-scale clusters of assessment, we expect to be able to develop and test a set of internally consistent cross scale methodologies for integrated ecosystem assessments.. At least two individual assessment activities will be included to enrich the MA findings and to expand the range of issues considered (e.. g.. examining similar driving forces in different regions or an assessment of an island ecosystem).. The full report on the Working Group’s recommendations as well as a detailed description of the purpose, structure and protocols of the Sub-Global Component can be found in the document Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Sub-Global Component: Purpose, Structure and Protocols (124K PDF)..

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  • Title: Privacy Policy | ma-secretariat.org
    Descriptive info: If you require any more information or have any questions about our privacy policy, please feel free to contact us by email at info@ma-secretariat.. At ma-secretariat.. org, the privacy of our visitors is of extreme importance to us.. This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information is received and collected by ma-secretariat.. org and how it is used.. Log Files.. Like many other Web sites, ma-secretariat.. org makes use of log files.. The information inside the log files includes internet protocol ( IP ) addresses, type of browser, Internet Service Provider ( ISP ),  ...   and gather demographic information.. IP addresses, and other such information are not linked to any information that is personally identifiable.. Cookies and Web Beacons.. org does use cookies to store information about visitors preferences, record user-specific information on which pages the user access or visit, customize Web page content based on visitors browser type or other information that the visitor sends via their browser.. If you wish to disable cookies, you may do so through your individual browser options.. More detailed information about cookie management with specific web browsers can be found at the browsers’ respective websites..

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  • Title: MEA News | ma-secretariat.org
    Descriptive info: * United Nations Launches Extensive Study of Earth s Ecosystems.. * International Launch Planned for June.. * Fundraising Update.. * Designing Sub-Global Assessments.. * Technical Design Workshop Planned.. * New Institutional Arrangements.. UNITED NATIONS, June 5, 2001 Today, World Environment Day, the United Nations, scientific groups, governments, foundations, and other international agencies, launched the most extensive study of the state of the world’s ecosystems.. Called the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), it will examine the processes that support life on earth like the world’s grasslands, forests, rivers and lakes, farmlands, and oceans.. “The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment will map the health of our planet, and so fill important gaps in the knowledge that we need to preserve it,” said UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in launching the study.. “All of us have to share the Earth’s fragile ecosystems and precious resources, and each of us has to play a role in preserving them.. ”.. The study was launched to provide decision-makers with authoritative scientific knowledge concerning the impact of changes to the world’s ecosystems on human livelihoods and the environment.. It will provide governments, the private sector, and local organizations with better information about steps that can be taken to restore the productivity of the world’s ecosystems.. Pilot studies conducted by the World Resources Institute (WRI) indicate that in many regions of the world, the capacity of ecosystems to meet human needs for food and clean water is being diminished.. Also, threats to biodiversity and human health are growing, and vulnerability to environmental disasters such as floods and landslides is increasing.. “All countries depend on ecosystem services to sustain their populations,” said Mohamed T.. El-Ashry, chief executive officer of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), a primary funder of the project.. “When these services are damaged, it can have wide-ranging repercussions on the development prospects of affected nations, with the most serious impacts on the poor.. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment will be a powerful tool in helping us mitigate and even reverse negative environmental trends and will strengthen our ability to foster truly sustainable development.. The MA was designed over the past three years by the UN Development Programme, UN Environment Programme, the World Bank, the World Resources Institute, and other partners.. During this period, WRI and its partners undertook a study – the Pilot Analysis of Global Ecosystems (PAGE) – to demonstrate the feasibility of the MA.. The results were published in a five-volume series over the past six months.. Ecosystems have a dual role of providing materials and services to meet human needs for food, water, employment, and health, as well as functioning to regulate environmental conditions and quality that make the Earth habitable for humans and other species,” said Angela Cropper, co-chair of the Assessment Panel of the MA.. “The MA seeks to increase scientific understanding of how their capacity to do so is being affected, and to help policy-makers assess likely long-term consequences for ecosystems and societies of the decisions they make.. The MA will include global, sub-global, and national assessments.. Already, assessments are in the works for Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America, Western China, and Norway.. At the local level, studies are going on in India and Sweden.. More sub-global assessments will be added in the next few months.. “Assessing the state of a tightly inter-woven planet requires unprecedented global cooperation,” said Timothy E.. Wirth, president of the United Nations Foundation, one of the sponsors of the study.. “It demands new partnerships that meld authoritative scientific expertise with the strengths of the private sector and the dedicated service of public officials.. The MA has been recognized by governments as a mechanism to meet the assessment needs of three international environmental treaties – the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.. “The impact of the MA will stem from its scientific authority and its political legitimacy,” said Dr.. Hamdallah Zedan, executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.. “It will involve the largest number of natural and social scientists ever assembled to look at the consequences of changes to the world’s ecosystems.. The MA’s work is overseen by a 40-member board, chaired by Dr.. Robert Watson, chief scientist of the World Bank and Dr.. A.. H.. Zakri, director of the United Nations University’s Institute of Advanced Studies.. The Assessment Panel, which will oversee the technical work of the MA, is comprised of 14 of the world’s leading social and natural scientists.. It is co-chaired by Ms.. Cropper and Dr.. Harold Mooney of Stanford University..  ...   Bank, UNEP, FAO, UNESCO, and UNDP.. However, the remaining fundraising challenge is still significant.. Until the full budget is secured, nearly one third of the funding already committed to the project (from GEF) is unavailable.. Because the costs of the first (design) year will be relatively low, the process will not be significantly slowed by the absence of GEF funding during this first year.. Almost all of the remaining unds needed are for the sub-global components of the Assessment.. Designing Sub-Global Assessments.. November 5, 2000 With support from the Government of Norway and Rockefeller Foundation, work has been underway since October 2000 to select and design the sub-global components of the MA process.. A call for proposals was distributed widely in September 2000.. The Sub-Global Assessment Working Group met on November 2-3 in Washington, DC to design a process to select and plan the sub-global assessments.. The final report from that meeting is now available and will be posted on this website.. The MA Board has approved the selection of Southern Africa and Southeast Asia as two of the focal regions for the sub-global component of the MA process.. In addition, seed funding will be available to help initiate assessments in both Europe and Central America.. The response to the initial call for proposals far exceeded expectations.. While the MA will not be able to directly support many of the proposed assessment activities, opportunities will exist for other assessments to become partners in the MA process.. Technical Design Workshop Planned.. October 14, 2000 The MA Board invited Harold Mooney (Stanford University, USA) and Angela Cropper (Cropper Foundation, Trinidad and Tobago), to serve as the co-chairs of the Assessment Panel.. The Assessment Panel, which will be comprised of the chairs of the MA Working Groups, will be the body that carries out the work of the Assessment.. The first technical design workshop for the MA is scheduled for April 8-11, 2001, hosted by the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in Holland.. This workshop will be a preparatory meeting for the technical work of the Millennium Assessment.. Participants will review the goals and approach for each of the proposed working groups and prepare preliminary draft outlines and workplans for those groups.. The second technical design workshop a larger meeting involving the core members of each of the four working groups is tentatively scheduled for September 2001.. Plans are also being finalized for a workshop on Remote Sensing and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment tentatively scheduled for October 2001 at Yale University.. This will be co-sponsored by the U.. S.. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and potentially by remote sensing agencies in other countries.. In September 2000, President Clinton stated to the Security Council at the Millennium General Assembly of the United Nations that the United States would commit support to the MA process with data from its TERRA, SeaWifs and Landsat satellites.. (These data have been valued as an in-kind contribution of some $60 million.. ).. New Institutional Arrangements.. August 1, 2000 The Board of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment convened for the first time on July 17-18, 2000 in Trondheim, Norway, hosted by the Government of Norway.. The next Board meeting will be held in Malaysia, 14-16 January 2002.. The Board largely endorsed the overall MA design and conceptual framework that had been developed by the Exploratory Steering Committee over the prior 18 months.. The Board emphasized in particular that the audience for the process should reach beyond governments to include the private sector and civil society.. It also stressed that the MA process itself should be viewed as a means of achieving the MA s goals, not just the products.. Among other decisions, the Board:.. * Selected A.. H.. Zakri and Robert Watson to be the Board co-chairs;.. * Selected UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Center to be the support agency for Working Group #1 (Condition);.. * Agreed to undertake the activities of Working Group #2 (Scenarios) in collaboration with the SCOPE project International Program on Ecosystem Change, with SCOPE serving as the support agency;.. * Selected WRI (in partnership with Meridian Institute) to support the Outreach-Engagement Committee;.. * Decided to select support agencies for the two remaining working groups in developing countries;.. * Selected five additional Board members and established a nominating committee to identify six candidates for remaining Board seats (the list of Board members is attached);.. * Decided to locate the MA Director in Malaysia (the director will be based at the CGIAR Center: ICLARM);.. * Established an Assessment Panel Co-chair Nominating committee..

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