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Scoping the potential benefits of undertaking an ecosystem assessment for England - NR0118

Description
The aim of this study is to examine potential benefits of undertaking an ecosystem assessment for England.


Objective
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), which was published in 2005, was the first comprehensive global assessment of the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being. It found that around 60% of the ecosystem services evaluated are currently being degraded or used unsustainably, and that this now has major implications for development, poverty alleviation, and the strategies needed by societies to cope with, and adapt to, long-term environmental change.

The MA was an international programme involving over 1300 researchers. Its aim was to establish the scientific basis for the actions needed to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems and to secure the contribution they make to people`s livelihoods. Its publication has resulted in the best available information and knowledge on ecosystem services being made available so that it can be brought to bear on policy and management decisions.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Scoping the potential benefits of undertaking a MA-style assessment   (1631k)
• Final Report - Annex : Scoping the potential benefits of undertaking a MA-style assessment   (813k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2007

To: 2008

Cost: £50,564
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Nottingham
Keywords
Ecosystem              
Marine              
Millenium Ecosystem Assessment              
Natural Environment              
Services              
Terrestrial              
Fields of Study
Ecosystems Approach